Carla Connor to be brutaly attacked by her boyfriend on ITV1 soap ''Coronation Street''

Factory owner Carla Connor will be left fighting for her life after she is beaten to a pulp, a report has claimed. The feisty Coronation Street character is subjected to the savage attack by boyfriend and business partner Frank Foster (Andrew Lancel) after he suspects she's unfaithful.

Poor Carla is attacked both physically and sexually by her partner who previously tried to force himself onto Maria Connor (Samia Smith) after he accuses her of having an affair with Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne). The People reports that Carla contemplates leaving her boyfriend prior to the attack but decides not to after he takes the rap for a car accident caused by her.

A source said: ''What Frank does to Carla makes the way she suffered at the hands of her psycho ex-husband Tony seem innocent. Carla totally ignores all the early warning signs of Frank's twisted personality, even the fact that he has been accused of attempting rape.''

They continued: ''But she ends up suffering terribly. The scenes will be, without question, the most violent seen on the cobbles. The bosses are hoping that they draw in huge audiences in the coming months, but they must tread carefully to make sure this is handled well.''

''The producers have spoken with domestic abuse charities and will make a point of advertising their helplines. They know that this storyline will distress people. The plot will be a prominent storyline over the summer and air after the 9pm watershed during a week of special episodes.''

The story will have dramatic repercussions for other characters in the street as bad girl Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) offers to give Frank a positive character reference in the courts whilst Leanne Barlow (Jane Danson) and Peter's relationship hits rocky ground after it comes out about Carla and Peter's close friendship.

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