Coronation Street scenes are being cut by producers who deemed them too similar to Stone Roses fan Chris Brahney’s death, who was found in a Manchester canal.
The soap opera had prepared a storyline that showed a body being found in a canal, but they have been removed from Friday’s show in respect to the 22-year-old’s family.
Mr Brahney was found dead in a waterway near MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, close to where the show’s new set will be.
An ITV spokesman said: “‘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 added: “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.”
A post-mortem yesterday came back inconclusive and further tests will be carried out to determine Mr Brahney’s cause of death.
Officers believe that after the concert Mr Brahney used the Park and Ride facility at Bowlee Park, Heywood Old Road, towards Middleton. He could have been at Bowlee Park shortly before midnight.
Further inquiries also revealed that he may have been seen outside the Maccabi Sports Centre on Bury Old Road at about 12.05am.
Officers now believe that Mr Brahney managed to get into Manchester city centre in the early hours of June 30, where he picked up shoes that he had bought earlier that day and hid in Rosenfields car park, on Thorniley Brow, near to Shudehill Metrolink station.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7652.