Coronation Street fans slam ‘ridiculous’ plot hole involving Sharon Bentley and Leanne

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Viewers of the ITV soap will know Leanne Battersby (played by Jane Danson), son Simon Barlow (Alex Bain) and partner Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) are supposed to be in witness protection after getting caught up in Harvey Gaskell’s (Will Mellor) drugs gang and helping police to arrest him. But Coronation Street fans are calling out the fact that all three characters are constantly returning to the street and leaving the location they’re supposed to be staying. They have also questioned how Harvey is able to contact Sharon Bentley (Tracie Bennett) so often from prison without being noticed.

The storyline recently saw Nick’s 10-year-old son Sam (Jude Riordan) kidnapped by Harvey’s mate with the help of Sharon, in an attempt to lure the hiding family back to Weatherfield.

And it worked. Nick immediately rushed to the street to help find his son, and was soon followed by Leanne.

Simon also left recently to visit his dad Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) in hospital.

When Sam was eventually returned safe, Nick was threatened and told that if Leanne and Simon didn’t retract their statements against Harvey, Sam would be hurt next time.

This resulted in Leanne calling Harvey in prison to say she and Simon wouldn’t testify against him.

But many have questioned how this could have been possible, and why Leanne would give in to Harvey when the police are already invovled.

One person took to Twitter to say: “Who writes @itvcorrie now? How does Leanne know the number of Harvey’s secret mobile in prison?! Why is everyone free to go about where they like in witness protection? #CoronationStreet #Corrie”

Another joked: “Is it witness protection or witless protection?”

“Oh for Christ’s sake did you do any research into how witness protection actually works.

“They might as well have a revolving door fitted at the Platts. Surely Leanne isn’t naïve enough to believe that withdrawing her statement will be enough for someone like Harvey. #Corrie,” a third commented.

A fourth wrote: “#corrie the police have still not told Nick or Leanne that Sharon is related to harvie. Absolutely ridiculous story.” (sic)

One said “Just caught up on @itvcorrie. Isn’t it about time the prison found out Harvey is sat making phone calls on his phone, like he’s at a holiday camp, plus look at the size of the phone, how did he smuggle that one in ? #corrie.”

“#Corrie It’s good how Harvey can always take phone calls. I don’t know why HMP Weatherfield don’t just hire him as secretary,” another quipped.

Another baffled viewer posted: “Nick & now Leanne have returned to the street. Have they looked up the term hideout?”

A further person chimed: “#Corrie Are prisoners allowed access to mobile phones at any time, looks that way between Sharon and Harvey?”

Most scenes involving Sharon ends up with her making a secret call to Harvey, which he always answers, often shouting at her loudly, so it seems strange that nobody in prison has clocked on to what he’s doing.

Many are also wondering how residents of the cobbles haven’t noticed how suspiciously Sharon is behaving.

One viewer posted on Reddit to say: “How stupid is this storyline?”

One reply said: “It’s Sharon lurking ominously around every street corner that gets me. So inconspicuous!”

“Sharon’s storyline is a whole new level of stupidity,” another wrote.

Coronation Street continues on Monday at 7.30pm on ITV.

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