Corrie's Ian Puleston-Davies defends smacking storyline

Coronation Street's Ian Puleston-Davies has hit back at criticism of the soap's smacking storyline, claiming it is an issue that needed to be addressed

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Coronation Street's Ian Puleston-Davies has hit back at criticism of the show's child smacking storyline.

The ITV1 soap receive a barrage of complaints after Ian's character - builder Owen Armstrong - slapped girlfriend Anna Windass' (Debbie Rush) adopted daughter Faye after she deliberately poisoned his pet fish, but the actor believes it was a topic that needed to be addressed.

Speaking on ITV1 show 'Loose Women', he said: "It wasn't an easy decision but we thought it was a topic that needed to be aired.

"It needs to be debated and I'm a little disappointed there are certain people saying this shouldn't be written.

"These things happen whether we like it or not, so let's show it. We're messengers so don't shoot us."

Anna will dump Owen when she discovers what he has done and a 'Coronation Street' spokesperson has previously claimed this shows Owen's actions are not being taken lightly by producers.

The spokesperson said: "We most certainly don't condone Owen's actions - as will be seen by the ramifications of the slap, and the effect it has on his relationship."

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