Corrie set for tense showdown as armed Harvey ‘breaks free’ from prison van

Drug lord Harvey Gaskill stands with a gun and holds up a terrified cyclist before embarking on a new reign of terror in Coronation Street.

After breaking out of a prison van the vicious gangster, played by Will Mellor, will go on the run.

As these exclusive Daily Star on Sunday show, Harvey takes the man’s bike and makes his escape.

And that will spell danger for Leanne Battersby, played by Jane Danson, 42, inset, who testified against him.

A show insider said: “Harvey breaks free from a prison van after there’s a crash.

“He ends up on the run and targets a cyclist to stage his getaway but crucially, he’s armed with a gun.

“This is likely to be bad news for Leanne because they have so much history.”

Will, 45, filmed the scenes on location in a Manchester park.

Earlier this year Harvey forced Simon Barlow (Alex Bain, 19) to sell drugs.

Leanne then put herself at risk by testifying at the trial – and helping to put him behind bars. Will hopes the storyline has highlighted just how dangerous the drug dealers are.

He said: “It’s real that there are people out there that do get young and innocent people to sell drugs for them because they’re not on the drug squad’s radar.

“They get away with it and they ruin lives. I was happy that I was raising awareness that these kids can easily get dragged into this world. It’s hard to get out of once you’re in.”

It had been speculated last month that Harvey may be freed from his stay at Her Majesty's pleasure before seeking revenge on businesswoman Leanne.

While behind bars, Harvey certainly didn't hide away from his criminal life, ordering gunshots to be fired at Leanne before she gave evidence against him in court.

His auntie, Sharon Bentley rang Leanne to warn her that she's in danger but the latter ignored what she had to say and thought it was part of Harvey's plan to scare her.

Nobody was hurt from the shooting but the decision had upsetting consequences for Sharon, who was later beaten up by Harvey's gang member Reece as a punishment for helping Leanne.

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