Coronation Street plot highlights risk of air pollution for kids in hard-hitting scenes

Toxic air will trigger a potentially deadly asthma attack for Coronation Street schoolboy Liam Connor, and highlight a real-life danger.

The 12-year-old, played by Charlie Wrenshall, collapses while playing football and is rushed to hospital.

There, terrified mum Maria Windass is told he has the life-threatening respiratory condition, with Weatherfield’s polluted air the likely cause.

Hairdresser Maria, played by Samia Longchambon, vows to cut the number of cars on the cobbles, even smashing up the Underworld van with a crowbar.

Mum-of-two Samia, 39, said: “Liam has had a chesty cough, he’s playing ­football on the street then suddenly he collapses struggling to breathe.

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