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10th Feb 2018

Emmerdale received over 200 complaints about graphic acid attack scene

Ofcom is now considering whether to investigate these complaints

Jade Hayden

Emmerdale bosses received over 200 complaints about a graphic acid scene.

Recently, Ross Barton became the victim of an acid attack that left him with life-changing injuries.

Viewers watched as Barton had the acid thrown over him by Simon McManus, who had mistaken the man for someone else.

Debbie Dingle had been trying to get back at Joe Tate, asking Simon to “mess him up.”

However, Simon mistook Ross for Joe and threw the acid in his face, leaving Ross screaming in agony.

UK TV watchdog Ofcom received 228 complaints from viewers about the story, with many saying that the graphic nature of the scene was not suitable for pre-watershed viewing.

Ofcom is now considering whether to investigate these complaints.

A spokesperson said:

“We are assessing these complaints under our broadcasting rules before deciding whether or not to investigate.”

A spokesperson for Emmerdale also told that Ross’s storyline was “researched thoroughly” and that NHS guidelines were adhered to.

They said:

“Emmerdale has a long track record of tackling difficult and topical storylines and the unprovoked acid attack upon Ross is another example of this. We take our responsibility seriously when portraying what happens in these circumstances.

“Consequently, the storyline was researched thoroughly with medical experts at Pinderfields Hospital. For the sequence following Ross’s attack we adhered carefully to the NHS guidelines about how to help people who are the victim of an acid attack.”

Michael Parr, who plays Ross, previously stated that the attack was going to have “devastating” effects on his character.

He said:

“It’s a big responsibility and one that I was very nervous about taking on. I know it’s a reality for some people and it’s so important to get it right and do the story justice.

“The Emmerdale team have done extensive research and we really want to raise awareness of the devastating consequences an attack like this has on a person’s life.”