CORONATION Street fans are in shock after Debbie Webster hatched a plan to use Ryan Connor to save her from bankruptcy.
The businesswoman – who is played by actress Sue Devaney in the ITV soap – is facing financial ruin after she discovered her business empire was beset with debts from former owner Ray Crosby.
She was pushed to the edge this month after builder Ed Bailey was electrocuted working in her hotel, and she faces a compensation bill of £30,000.
But after Ryan admitted he was broke and stuck, Debbie hatched a plan to use him to solve her own cash problems.
“Just between us,” she said.
“This is my front – the Bistro, the clothes, the champagne… The truth is it’s nothing. I’m broke.
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“Each hotel I own is borrowed against another. It’s all debt. I own half of this place but it’s only half.
“And I owe Ed and countless others. I’m on the verge of going bust unless I do something drastic. Something I wouldn’t be able to do on my own.
“I’d need your help. It’d give you the money you need to start again somewhere in the sunshine.”
She added: “Stage a break in here. Insurance will pay out, no-one gets hurt, no harm done and we will get to live happily ever after.
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“Have a think about it and let me know tomorrow.”
But fans are terrified for Ryan and think Debbie will double cross him.
One wrote: “Ryan don’t listen to Debbie someone is gonna get hurt.”
A second said: “Absolutely not Debbie, it’s too risky for Ryan.”
Another added: “Debbie is not a business mogul. She’s a confidence trickster and always has been.”