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Corrie slammed over Becky's littering

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Corrie slammed over Becky's littering
Anti-litter campaigners have criticised Coronation Street for allowing Becky Granger to throw cigarette butts on the floor without punishment.

In a recent episode of the ITV1 soap, viewers saw Katherine Kelly's troubled character flouting litter laws following smoking sessions on two separate occasions.

The scenes have now been slammed by representatives for Keep Britain Tidy and CleanupUK, which are calling on the programme's producers to set a better example to viewers, Click Liverpool reports.

A Keep Britain Tidy spokeswoman commented: "It is disappointing that Coronation Street chooses to allow one of its characters to throw a butt on the floor and suggest that it is okay to treat our streets like a giant ashtray.

"We understand the writers are concerned with realism but Becky is a role model to many viewers. We all have a responsibility to keep our local area clean and we would hope that producers of programmes such as Coronation Street would support our call to encourage the public to keep our country tidy."

CleanupUK chief executive George Monck added: "Becky's behaviour on Coronation Street surprises me, as the show often ensures any immoral behaviour ends in punishment. I realise throwing away the odd fag end may not be considered immoral, but I think Becky should get some sort of comeuppance.

"A line could easily be included in the script showing Becky receiving a spot fine for dumping her cigarette ends in the street. This would send the right message to the British public."

However, a Coronation Street spokeswoman insisted that Becky's littering was necessary as it helped to show her stress after being arrested on her wedding day.

She explained: "Becky is a troubled character going through a troubled time. She did not think as she threw the cigarette down. Her behaviour is often irresponsible but this isn't the behaviour you'll see from the Street's other residents." Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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