Coronation Street’s Hope Stape leaves cobbles as she’s forced to spend years in custody

Coronation Street: Hope questioned by police over fire

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Coronation Street fans saw Hope Stape (Played by Isabella Flanagan) confess to the police to starting the fire that left Alina Pop (Ruxandra Porojnucu) in critical danger during ITV’s Wednesday night’s episode. The fire also led to the miscarriage of her and Tyrone Dobbs’ (Alan Halsall) baby, but Hope’s reaction was less than caring. After weeks of Fiz trying to conceal what her daughter had done, Fiz and Tyrone knew it was best for their daughter to tell the police about what she had done – but will it result in her exit?

Fiz and Tyrone were both devastated when they learnt their daughter could be given a lengthy sentence for her recent crime again Alina.

Unaware anyone was inside, the 10-year-old deliberately started a fire in Tyrone and girlfriend Alina’s flat. 

Alina was rushed to hospital, but she suffered a miscarriage due to the smoke inhalation, leaving her and Tyrone devastated.

Hope hasn’t been apologetic for the fire or seemed to understand the severity of how her actions could have had even more devastating results in killing Alina too.

When Fiz and Tyrone sat her down to speak to her about it, Tyrone explained: “When the police ask you about the fire, you need to tell them you are really, really sorry.”

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“It was an accident,” she insisted.

Tyrone interjected and told her that what she did was not acceptable as Alina ended up in hospital, to which she sighed and said: “She’s fine.”

She then shocked her parents further by telling adding coldly: “And anyway, it doesn’t matter about the cot now there’s no baby to put in it.”

Remorseless Hope delivered a final blow at the end of the conversation when she told them: “Sorry, not sorry,” before walking off.

During Wednesday’s episode of the ITV soap, Hope conversed with the police as they tried to establish whether she knew right from wrong.

In a bid to work out whether she felt guilty for the fire, she showed no empathy for what she had done or for the loss of Alina’s unborn child.

However, she insisted she did not mean to hurt anyway.

After her admission, the police revealed that Hope would be charged for the fire in some way, but they have to decide how they charge her and the level of charge.

Fiz and Tyrone were stunned to find out that Hope could end up going to court depending on what the police decide, and this could mean the young offender could face eight to 12 years in custody.

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They were told: “The police are speaking to the youth offending team about Hope’s case, they are going to charge her.

“She admitted to starting the fire, and legally, they have no choice but to charge her. We’re just waiting to hear back from the youth offending team and the police regarding the level of charge.”

She continued: “It could be either arson with intent to endanger life, or more likely arson, being reckless as to whether life would be endangered.

“It all depends on whether they consider that she intended to endanger life or not.”

“And if it is arson with intent?” a stunned Fiz asked, to which she was told: “Then there likely to be a trial, as Hope says she didn’t intend to endanger life.”

She added: “If Hope is charged with a serious count of arson, she could be looking at the higher end of chargers which could be eight to 12 years in custody.”

Viewers were stunned by the revelation of how long Hope could face in custody, with many predicting the character could be making a surprise exit from the soap as a result.

One viewer tweeted: “I’m going to hazard a guess that Hope will end up getting a harsher sentence with trial.”

A second added: “What you betting Hope gets banged up and Tyrone bins Alina off for Fiz again? Absolute shocker!”

“Who thinks Hope will go to young offenders then turn up again in three years time with a new head?” a third said.

If Hope is to spend so much time in custody, it’s unlikely the character will be around on screens – at least for now.

Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on ITV.
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