SIMON Barlow is manipulated into taking drugs by his gang leader next week in Coronation Street.
The youngster – who is played by actor Alex Bain in the ITV soap – was forced into dealing drugs after getting into debt to his mate Jacob.
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With grieving mum Leanne unemployed, Simon had no choice but to do as Jacob asked to pay him back.
Next week’s episodes of Corrie will see Simon tell Jacob about his criminal past as a gang member.
Jacob is pleased, telling Simon he’ll fit right into his new role, before handing him a flashy phone and telling him he should sample some of the drugs himself.
But when Toyah spots Simon and Jacob smoking a spliff in Victoria Gardens, she tells Leanne what she’s seen.
Will Leanne step in before it’s too late?
Corrie bosses have confirmed that the drugs plot will escalate when drugs lord Harvey arrives onto the scene and locks horns with Simon and Leanne.
Corrie producer Iain Macleod explained: "What we're trying to do with Simon and Leanne is find a way to play their grief that doesn't feel like grief stories that we've done and other shows might have done.
“We've come up with something that starts quite small, but ends up turning into this colossal, thriller-ish, high-octane piece that will play out in the first six months of 2021.
"It ends up with Simon being driven by grief and getting himself into an inescapable situation.
“That forces Leanne to put her war paint on and go out in defence of her remaining son.
“She takes on an incredibly dangerous situation in order to protect Simon.
"That ends up drawing in Nick and Sam – and it collides with Peter and Carla's love story too. It is a grief story, but it's far removed from being one woman sitting alone in a room and feeling sad."
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