July 12, 2012 8:35

'Coronation Street' producers cut canal body scenes after death of Stone Roses fan Chris Brahney

ITV say they have made the decision out of respect for Brahney's family

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The producers of long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street have removed a number of scenes from a future episode after it was decided that they bore too much resemblance to the recent death of Chris Brahney.

Brahney, who was 22, went missing after the first of The Stone Roses' shows at Heaton Park on June 29 and was not seen again. His body was discovered on Monday (July 9) by police after being recovered from Manchester's Ship Canal.

The soap had shot a series of scenes which depicted a body being found in a canal, but have now removed them out of respect for the 22-year old's family and friends.

A spokesperson for ITV said of the decision: "'The producers of Coronation Street have taken the decision to remove references in this Friday's show, which although scripted and filmed weeks ago, bore some similarities to the manner in which Christopher Brahney's body was found."

They continued: "Like many others, we were extremely saddened by the news of his death, and our thoughts and condolences are with his family. What we have removed is multiple references to a body being found in a canal. We have made the change so the finding referenced by a policeman is now broader, simply a body being found, no reference to where."

The storyline in question involves the search for the soap's long-running character Peter Barlow after he goes missing.

Meanwhile, a post-mortem on Brahney's body has taken place and has been ruled inconclusive. Police are currently carrying out toxicology tests.

Police are now appealing to the public for sightings of Brahney in Manchester city centre in the early hours of June 30. Investigators now believe that Brahney, who had previously been seen at Maccabi Sports Centre near Bury, managed to get into the city centre and picked up shoes that he had bought earlier that day and had hidden in Rosenfields car park.

Detective Inspector Debbie Oakes said: "Officers are continuing to offer support to Christopher's family, and we are trying to give them the answers they so desperately need. The post-mortem examination brought an inconclusive result, but as is routine, samples have been sent for toxicology tests."

She continued: "We do, however, have a number of lines of inquiry that we are vigorously pursuing, including CCTV footage that could help us make more sense of Chris's final movements, information from witnesses following the fantastic public response and other avenues for us to pursue. We understand that Chris walked from Shudehill, past a number of pubs, to Deansgate. Anyone who saw Chris in Manchester city centre, carrying a Primark bag, is urged to call the police as soon as possible."

Yesterday (July 11), a Facebook campaign to get The Stone Roses' track 'One Love' to Number One in tribute to Chris Brahney was also cancelled at the request of his family.

Liam Gallagher, Primal Scream, The View, The Courteeners and The Stone Roses themselves have been among those to pay tribute to Chris Brahney over recent days.

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