17/01/2018 15:24 GMT

'Coronation Street' Branded 'Too Violent' By Former Star Bruce Jones

'I can’t watch it anymore.'

Former ‘Coronation Street’ star Bruce Jones has slammed the soap for being “too violent”, claiming many of its recent scenes had gone “too far”.  

In recent weeks, viewers of the ITV show have seen killer Pat Phelan murder Andy Carver after holding him hostage, as well as shooting Luke Britton before burning him alive.

Luke’s exit scenes proved to be particularly controversial, with broadcasting regulator Ofcom receiving over 650 complaints about them airing before the 9pm watershed. 

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Bruce Jones has slammed 'Coronation Street' for being 'too violent'

As is standard procedure, Ofcom is currently assessing the complaints about Luke’s death scenes, before deciding whether to investigate further to decide if ITV broke rules on “appropriate scheduling”.

In response to the complaints, a ‘Coronation Street’ spokesperson said in a statement: “Pat Phelan is well established as a villain in a long line of murderous ‘Coronation Street’ villains, and his evil actions won’t have come as a surprise to viewers

“The programme is always careful to limit the violence shown to a minimum to convey the drama and tell the story. We have responded to Ofcom.”

HuffPost UK has contacted a ‘Coronation Street’ spokesperson for further comment in relation to Bruce’s remarks and is awaiting a response. 

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