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NEIGHBOURS FROM HELL; Street's new family.

This is the family from hell set to wreak havoc down Coronation Street way in a bid to boost the soap's falling ratings.

The Battersbys will move into Don Brennan's old house next month - along with their clapped- out car, ghetto blasters and dodgy goods for sale.

Dad Les, played by Bruce Jones, has a criminal record as long as his arm.

Vicky Entwhistle has already appeared as lippy machinist Janice Battersby in Mike Baldwin's factory.

But it's teenage daughters, Toyah and Leanne - played by Georgia Taylor and Jane Danson - who will rock the Street's cosy image.

They're known to police for under-age drinking, theft and burglary.

The family have been introduced just days after Scots producer Brian Park let the axe fall yet again on Street favourites.

Nick Cochrane, Sherrie Hewson and Peter Armitage are the latest victims.

Park said: "The Battersbys are an exciting injection of fresh blood.

"They follow in the great tradition of the Ogdens and Duckworths, balancing the mix of comedy and drama for which Coronation Street is justly renowned."

Ex-Street star Peter Baldwin, who played dippy Derek Wilton, yesterday told of his heartbreak after Park told him: "You're out."

Peter snapped: "To say it came as a shock was something of an understatement.

"He just looked up from some papers on his desk and said: `You're out. We're killing you off'."

LES

DAD Les, 42, is a rogue with a roving eye. When Rovers barmaid Samantha reveals her curves, Les can't help but ogle. He has a criminal record, having spent six months in Strangeways for handling stolen property. He wheels and deals for a living, selling knocked-off gear to gullible punters.

JANICE

JANICE, 30, is shrewd and sassy, and despite a volatile relationship with Les, stands by her man. She's been in prison for fraud and will soon be on the wrong side of boss Mike Baldwin after openly admitting syphoning off the merchandise she produces in his factory.

TOYAH

SHE is only 14 but Toyah is already known to cops. The illegitimate daughter of a fling Janice had at 14, she soon becomes the scourge of every Weatherfield Comprehensive teacher, including Ken Barlow.

LEANNE

LES'S daughter from his first marriage, 16-year-old Leanne is a wild child fast catching up on her folks in the crime stakes. She soon gets caught underage drinking in the Rovers and loves alcopops and heavy tar ciggies.
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Author:Disley, Jan
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Date:Jun 6, 1997
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