Coronation Street will tackle an acid attack storyline as Daisy will face a surprise assault on her wedding day.
In dramatic scenes that will air next week (Monday 27th March) the character, played by Charlotte Jordan, will become the target of a sinister act of revenge.
Her stalker Justin (Andrew Still) will appear in a pub face-to-face with her, holding a glass of pure liquid, moments before she is set to become Daniel Osbourne’s bride.
Working alongside The Katie Piper Foundation and Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI), Coronation Street decided to tell this story to highlight the devastating impact and long lasting effects of such heinous attacks.
Sarah Green, Chief Executive of The Katie Piper Foundation, said: ‘The Katie Piper Foundation were happy to support the team at Coronation Street to understand both the initial and long-lasting impact of an acid attack.
Tragic: Coronation Street will tackle an acid attack storyline as Daisy will face a surprise assault on her wedding day
‘The Katie Piper Foundation supports survivors of burns and traumatic scarring. Burns can happen in an instant, to anyone at any time, and within seconds survivors can be faced with a lifetime of recovery.
‘We focus not only on the physical recovery of a survivor, but also the mental recovery addressing issues such as sight loss, PTSD, limb loss and new visible differences.
‘Coronation Street have shown determination in their research to portray the reality of such attacks and the long-lasting impact they have, not only on the individual, but also the family and the wider community.
‘We hope that story line delivers much needed awareness around the life of all survivors of burns – not just the initial impact but the proceeding hours, days, months and years of their lives’
After pushing her fears of a ‘cursed wedding’ aside, Daisy gets ready to leave The Rovers for the final time as Miss Midgeley.
Ryan Connor (Ryan Prescott), who has stepped in as wedding chauffeur, then goes behind the bar to get Daisy – but comes back horrified to find Justin lurking in the shadows of the pub.
Justin, holding a glass full of clear liquid, then advances on Daisy to throw acid at her.
On the importance of tackling this storyline Coronation Street Producer Iain MacLeod said: ‘We were keen to show the long-term reality for people who are subjected to this kind of attack.
‘It is something we might often read about in the papers but perhaps don’t fully understand, in terms of the depth and variety of effects it can have.
‘As well as the medical impacts, we explore the social fallout of having your appearance profoundly changed, both in terms of your own ability to process that and how the wider world reacts to you. The story will at times be heartbreaking but we felt it was an important one to tell.’
In danger: In dramatic scenes that will air next week (Monday 27th March) the character, played by Charlotte Jordan, will become the target of a sinister act of revenge
Assault: Her stalker Justin (Andrew Still) will appear in a pub face-to-face with her, holding a glass of pure liquid, moments before she is set to become Daniel Osbourne’s bride
Charlotte Jordan who plays Daisy Midgely added: ‘When I was first told about this storyline, I really didn’t see this coming.
‘It’s not something you see a lot on television so I was really surprised. There is a fear lurking in the back of Daisy’s mind since Justin was released on bail.
‘She has always been thinking, “will Justin retaliate in some way?” Seeing him again after he has been warned multiple times by officials to stay away from her, she is certainly scared of how he is going to react. I don’t think Daisy really thought about how obsessed Justin was going to become.’
Jaf Shah, Executive Director of ASTI, said: ‘Due to the distressing nature of an acid attack, it can be easier to look away.
‘Coronation Street is to be commended for confronting this particularly brutal form of violence, a single act of violence that carries lifelong consequences.
‘Our hope is that the airing of this storyline paves the way to increased understanding of the devastating and complex impact on the lives of survivors.
‘In turn we also hope it will help to amplify and accelerate ASTI’s vision – the absolute necessity to end attacks, thereby preventing further pain and suffering.’
It comes after Daisy admitted she didn’t know if she wanted to marry Daniel Osbourne anymore after he put her court case at risk in Coronation Street.
Oh no! It comes after Daisy admitted she didn’t know if she wanted to marry Daniel Osbourne anymore after he put her court case at risk in Coronation Street.
Daisy had been left in fear after being stalked by Justin Rutherford and the ongoing storyline culminated in a dramatic court case during last Friday’s episode.
However, she wasn’t granted a stalking protection order against Justin after he arrived in a neck brace and told the court Daniel had attacked him the night before.
Daisy was left furious after learning that Daniel had jeopardised her court case and admitted that she needed some space from her partner as her stalker hell continued.
As the tense episode came to a close, she dropped the bombshell that she didn’t know if she wanted to marry Daniel (Rob Mallard) anymore as their future hangs in the balance.
An emotional Daisy (Charlotte Jordan) was near tears as she confessed: ‘I don’t know if I want to marry you anymore.’
The drama kicked off earlier in the episode when Daisy was seen in court in a bid to get a stalking protection order against Justin (Andrew Still).
She bravely opened up in court about her horrific stalking ordeal, with her fiancé Daniel sitting nearby to support her, while Justin was nowhere to be seen.
She told the court: ‘My life has been destroyed by the actions of the respondent Justin Rutherford. We met a few months ago at a hospital and since then, he has become obsessed with me.
‘I been totally clear and told him I do not want any sort of relationship with him, but he ignores everything I say.
‘I’m engaged to someone else, and we’re supposed to be planning my wedding but he harasses me online and in person. It’s sucking all the joy out of what should be the happiest time of my life.
‘I can’t turn on my phone without getting bombarded with messages. He won’t leave me alone and I am scared all the time. He found out where I live and sends me flowers with delusional notes, he hangs around my street waiting to see me.
Tense: Daisy had been left in fear after being stalked by Justin Rutherford (pictured) and the ongoing storyline culminated in a dramatic court case during Friday’s episode
Shock: However, she wasn’t granted a stalking protection order against Justin after he arrived in a neck brace and told the court Daniel had attacked him the night before
‘I work in a pub and he comes in there, he pretended to be my fiancé to get into a wedding fair where I was. He got a job as a delivery driver in my area just so he could get my phone number and hound me with calls.
‘He contacted my mother and took her out just to get close to me and he let himself into my house. You can see him on the doorbell camera, it’s all on file.
‘It’s relentless, I don’t feel safe and I need some help, please.’
However, things then took a turn as Justin arrived in court wearing a black neck brace and mumbled his apologies for being late, with Daisy looking shocked.
Taking his turn in the stand, Justin then denied being a stalker and claimed the situation had got ‘out of hand’ as he gave excuses for his actions.
He said: ‘I’m sorry but this thing is a whole misunderstanding that’s got out of hand… I just keep bumping into her, not on purpose. I work as a delivery driver so I have been on her street a few times.
‘And like I said, we knew each other so connected on social media. I did go into her house but it was only because I was worried about her. I thought her fiancé was jealous and he might have done something to her.’
Daisy was then left completely shocked after Justin revealed Daniel’s attack on him the night before.
He continued: ‘And ever since then I have tried to steer clear but last night, I was finishing my deliveries when him and this guy did this to me.
‘I went to A&E, they thought I might have said some cracked ribs, they’re just badly bruised thankfully. That’s why I was late today, I have my discharge form here. I’m sorry Daisy’s upset but I am not a stalker, if anything I am the victim here.’
Daisy was left concerned that his actions could change the outcome of her court case, and she was proven right as the judges returned with their verdict.
Ruling that the criteria for a stalking protection order had not been made, they said: ‘This is a civil application in a criminal court and therefore the case must be proven beyond reasonable doubt.’
Daisy jumped up and fumed: ‘Why? I’ve told you everything and it’s all true. You’re making a mistake, I’m telling you, he is dangerous.’
Later, after returning home, Daisy asked Daniel how he could have put her court case at risk as she begged him to explain his actions, accusing him of making her look like a ‘liar’.
Fight: It comes after Daniel and Justin came to blows outside the pub after Justin said Daisy would be better off with cancer than engaged to Daniel
Shock: Daniel then saw red and launched himself at Justin resulting in a dramatic end to the show
She asked: ‘Can you explain, how you could do this to me?’
‘He is still out there! You are going to go and do something stupid again,’ she added.
To which Daniel hit back with: ‘That’s not fair, you hit him too remember.’
But Daisy said: ‘That’s not fair, I was scared, and I still am. My life is falling apart and it was supposed to be sorted today.’
Daisy then stormed out in tears only to be greeted by Justin, who was sinisterly lurking outside her doorway.
He said: ‘I just wanted to see how you were.’
But seeing Justin, Daniel fumed: ‘What are you doing in here? Get out! Now!’
Justin told Daisy: ‘They want to push us apart, we need to be together.’
He went on: ‘Give us a chance, we could have an amazing time together. Don’t marry him Daisy, I’m only looking out for you.’
But Daisy insisted: ‘I am marrying Daniel because I love him.’
Justin said: ‘You love me, you know you do.’
However, Daisy said: ‘I will never love you!’
After returning to their flat, Daisy said she had only said everything was OK between her and Daniel to keep Justin at bay.
Daniel assured her: ‘The important thing is we’re OK.’
But she replied: ‘We are so far from OK.’
‘I said those things for Justin to go away. This nightmare is going to carry on now and it is all your fault,’ she added.
Daniel begged: ‘I made a mistake.’
But Daisy insisted: ‘You ruined everything.’
‘I would feel safe right now if it wasn’t for you and your macho heroics,’ she added.
Daisy then refused to return home with Daniel and asked him to leave as she remained devastated by his actions.
Later returning to speak to Daisy, Daniel assured her that he would return the next day to check on her, but Daisy asked him not to.
She said: ‘I’m sorry but I need some space, cos right now I just don’t know about us.’
To which Daniel asked: ‘What are you saying?’
And Daisy confessed: ‘I don’t know if I want to marry you anymore.’