Coronation Street viewers have showered praise on Craig Tinker after he showed selfless support to grooming victim Bethany Platt.
The ITV soap’s young character, played by Colson Smith, told teenager Bethany (Lucy Fallon) in Wednesday night’s show that she was “amazing,” adding: “You are the strongest person I know.”
He comforted his friend moments after she told her mother, Sarah (Tina O’Brien), that she had been left “broken” by the ordeal at the hands of her abusive ex-boyfriend Nathan (Chris Harper).
But it’s not the first time he’s been there for her. He took her to the hospital when he found her sleeping rough and he’s been by her side every step of the way ever since she opened up about what had happened with Nathan.
Fans who have followed the harrowing storyline highlighted the importance of Craig’s kindness.
Previously, Bethany confided in Craig that she had been forced to sleep with Nathan’s friend and police officer, Neil.
Although Neil had threatened her not to tell anyone, Bethany finally cracked as Craig gently questioned her and now he’s set to do all he can to help his friend.
Craig, who works under Neil in the force, will continue his attempt to expose his superior’s crimes when the programme continues to ITV at 7.30pm on Friday.