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Justin to cruelly attack Daisy with acid on her wedding day.

This is the moment that Justin Rutherford returns to Weatherfield to cruelly attack Daisy Midgeley with acid on her wedding day.

In dramatic scenes that will air next week (Monday 27th March), Daisy (Charlotte Jordan) is the target of a sinister act of revenge from her stalker Justin (Andrew Still), just as she is set to become Daniel Osbourne’s bride. 

After pushing her fears that the wedding is cursed aside, Daisy looks a million dollars as she gets ready to leave The Rovers for a final time as Miss Midgeley. Ryan Connor (Ryan Prescott), who has stepped in as wedding chauffeur, goes behind the bar to get Daisy but they are both horrified to find Justin lurking in the shadows in the pub.

Justin, holding a glass full of clear liquid, advances on Daisy as he throws acid at her. 

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. 

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.”

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.” 

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.

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”

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.”

About The Katie Piper Foundation

  • The Katie Piper Foundation is the only UK based charity to deliver both mental and physical rehabilitation to survivors of burns and traumatic scarring.

  •  We are funded solely through various fundraising channels and receive no financial support from the government.

  • Our work is delivered to the most complex of cases at our Rehabilitation Centre in Merseyside or via our remote tele-rehabilitation service where we deliver physiotherapy, counselling, mindfulness and meditation, sleep therapies, dieticians and intimacy therapy.

  • Survivors often face a complexity of issues post injury that may include PTSD, sight loss, limb loss and new visible differences. Over half of those we support come to us with thoughts of suicide.

  • We support adults only, both men and women

  • Burns are a lifelong challenge, recovery is slow and complex. Survivors face, often years of mental and physical rehabilitation to rebuild their lives and move on from such traumatic events.

  • Once survivors are discharged from acute care, they may spend many years having follow-up medical appointments and accessing care and support from health care charities such as The Katie Piper Foundation.

  • We work alongside the NHS to deliver intensive holistic and goal focused rehabilitation to survivors of burns from fire, chemicals and accidents that require extensive skin grafting such as RTA’s. Severe burns and scars are caused by a range of traumatic events, including occupational accidents, house fires, road traffic accidents and violent attacks using chemicals or arson.

  • Often, physical recovery will be limited if survivors are not recognising and addressing the impact on their mental health.

About ASTI

ASTI is a UK registered not-for-profit (no.1154961) and is the only international organisation whose sole purpose is to end acid violence at a global level.

We have helped change laws in Cambodia, UK, Pakistan and Bangladesh. All the aforementioned countries have seen a significant drop in attacks.

ASTI was awarded an Impact Award by Thomson Reuters Foundation for helping change UK law.

Background on acid violence

Every year thousands of people across the world are subjected to deliberate attacks with acid. The root causes of attacks are often extremely complex, however a common factor in the vast majority of acid violence cases across the world is gender. Women and girls are overwhelmingly the targets of attacks and men are most commonly the perpetrators.

When a person is attacked with acid the effects are immediately visible, prompting instant and excruciating pain. Injuries are usually directed at the face causing life changing injuries including disfigurement and blindness. The premeditated act is designed to disfigure, maim and blind, but not to kill.

Not only will a survivor need extended specialist medical treatment, sanctuary, reconstructive surgery and follow up physiotherapy but also crucial expert psychological support. Due to their facial scarring, survivors will often face social isolation further exacerbating mental trauma.

Statistics / dataAttacks in the UK in 2021 (based on Freedom of Information requests from UK police forces).

  • In 2021, there were 420 reported acid attacks in the UK. As a number of large police forces (including Police Scotland, Thames Valley) refused our Freedom of Information request the real number of attacks in 2021 are likely to exceed 420.

  • The UK number of attacks in 2021 far exceeds the number of reported attacks in other countries where acid attacks have been prevalent including India, Mexico, Colombia.

  • To put this into context India, with a population of 1.2 billion has approx. 200 reported attacks a year – but it should be noted that it is very likely that attacks are under-reported due to various factors and the real number will be significantly higher than 200 a year.

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