Restorative Justice worker Vickie Yardly did eventually get the woman - who had been in negotiations for four months - to meet the thief, who had also been put off by the show.

Yardly wrote to complain, slamming Corrie bosses for their "completely inaccurate" storyline.

Tony Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester, added: "Coronation Street has done a fantastic job of raising important issues and bringing them to the public's attention. Unfortunately, on this one they have got it wrong."

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