Coronation Street hit by Ofcom complaints over Aled and Freda's terrifying kidnap scenes
CORONATION STREET has been hit by Ofcom complaints following Aled and Freda's terrifying kidnap scenes.
Offended viewers flocked to the official telly watchdog after last week's episode.
Today it has been revealed that 62 people formally complained to Ofcom about scenes that aired on Wednesday 22nd September.
The shock soap plot saw Gemma Winter's deaf son Aled get snatched from her by a pal who feared an op to help his hearing will see him lose his identity.
The toddler had been diagnosed with profound permanent hearing loss in both ears, and Gemma reconnected with old friend Freda, who is also deaf, to discuss the pros and cons of him having a cochlear implant operation.
However, Freda got offended when she learned that Gemma had met with other parents whose children have had the implant, and deeply hurt when Bernie said that Aled will be able to live a "normal" life after the surgery.
She swiped the little boy after overhearing Bernie and Chesney sharing their relief that they wouldn't have to attend sign language classes once he has the implant.
Gemma frantically searched for her son as she raced to get him to his appointment, and was stunned to discover that Freda had barricaded herself in the community centre.
Although they were able to get Aled back safely, he ended up missing his appointment.
While Coronation Streetviewers were glad to see the deaf community being represented on the show, many voiced their discomfort at Freda's behaviour and how she'd been represented.
Taking to Twitter at the time, one wrote at the time: "Deaf culture is so interesting but this storyline is a mess. They've just made Freda look like a crazy kidnapper."
Another agreed: "Freda has single-handedly put the deaf community back 50 years. Nice one."
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