Coronation Street’s Roy Cropper will get a surprise when a health-and-safety inspector who arrives on the cobbles turns out to be foster son Wayne Hayes.
The pair last saw each other in December 2001, when Wayne was 10.
And they will find themselves at loggerheads as Wayne puts pressure on Roy’s friend Carla Connor over the collapse of the Underworld factory, which leaves one Weatherfield resident dead.
Wayne Hayes in Coronation Sreet
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The dramatic storyline will unfold in March, with Wayne, now 27, played by actor Adam Barlow.
Fans will remember Roy and late wife Hayley fostering the boy, played by Gary Damer, in 2000, after he stole from the cafe and ran away from his mum Sheila because his step-dad Alex was beating him.
One show insider said: “Little Wayne had a really tough time before, but now he’s all grown up and has a decent job.
"It’ll be interesting to see how he and Roy get along…”
Hayley (Julie Heshmondhalgh), Wayne (Gary Damer) and Roy (David Nelson) out camping in 2001
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It comes after Cropper had to come to terms with another devastating loss after a shock death in last week’s Coronation Street .
The cobbles favourite was stunned to discover that his mum is dying after having a heart attack.
Heartbroken Roy rejected Carla Connor’s offer of help as he rushed to visit Sylvia on her deathbed.
When Carla said he shouldn’t be on his own, Roy replied: "Actually I prefer it like that.
"I have dealt with grief before."
The tragic news comes on the anniversary of his late wife Hayley’s death.
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