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Coronation Street racial profiling storyline receives Ofcom complaints

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A Coronation Street storyline prompted complaints to Ofcom after a character was racially profiled.

During scenes that aired on Wednesday March 17 a heavily pregnant Grace Vickers, played by Kate Spencer, was stopped by a security guard as she left a supermarket.

The security guard demanded to see her receipts but she was unable to find proof, so he locked her in his office.

After she called on her fiance Michael Bailey’s uncle Ronnie for help, the drama resumed in the hospital where Grace feared she would lose her unborn baby.

She was locked in the office

When the security guard turned up at the hospital to find out how she was, she thought he still wanted the receipt and tried to hand it over.

And he was confronted angrily by Ronnie for his actions.

“In your job description is it? To racially profile and Illegally detain pregnant women of colour?” he asked.

“I’m so weary of people like you.”

The TV watchdog Ofcom received 104 complaints which it is now assessing.

The security guard visited her in hospital

“We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate,” said a spokeswoman.

Ofcom hasn’t revealed information on the complaints made.

Soap watchers were horrified by the scenes and took to Twitter.

“No no no seriously the security guard stopping grace because of her colour?” said one Corrie fan.

“Poor Grace,” said another.

“That’s bang out of order,” said another viewer.

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Thankfully Michael later broke the news to his family that Grace had given birth to a baby girl.

Ahead of this racial profiling story actor Vinta Morgan who plays Ronnie said he had found his ‘value’ late in life after being subjected to racism.

He was stopped by a police officer and ordered to empty the contents of his school bag onto the ground.

“One of the main experiences I think about is when I was probably about 11 years old and I remember a police officer stopped me on the street and asked me to tip my rucksack bag, my schoolbag, out onto the floor onto the pavement,” he recalled.

“I had to throw all my stuff out. I thought ‘it’s an adult so I better do it, it looks like a teacher.’

“It was really for nothing really. I was just picked on and I’ll never forget it.”

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