Bookmaker William Hill has been forced to pay out thousands of pounds after a mix-up over a Corrie storyline.

The bookmaker took bets on who was going kill Coronation Street’s Charlie Stubbs after assuming that scriptwriters would make the story a “who shot JR Ewing”-style cliff-hanger. But producers had made no secret that the assassin was Tracy Barlow and had trailed the plotline for weeks.

William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said the bookmakers would pay out to people who had correctly named Tracy as the killer, adding that the fiasco was likely to cost them between £10,000 and £20,000.
He said: “The media broke the story as though it was going to be a cliff-hanger similar to the ‘who shot Phil Mitchell’ storyline on EastEnders.

“What we didn’t know was that at the time we started the book everyone already knew it was Tracy. We thought it was a 50-horse race when, in fact, it was a one-horse race and that horse had already crossed the finishing line.”

The bookmaker said the firm would be honouring the wagers made on Tracy and would be returning the cash to punters who had put money on other characters.