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WHAT A GIVEAWAY; Down-and-out Phil exposed as rapist by gaffe in Corrie credits.

Byline: JOHN DINGWALL

CORRIE bosses were left red-faced after they mistakenly let fans in on who raped Toyah.

Jack Deam - who plays Phil Simmonds - was included in the credits for Sunday night's episode.

But he was the only actor to get a mention whose face didn't appear on screen.

He was included because the back of his head was seen as he made a threatening phone call to Toyah.

And it led to sharp-eyed fans working out who raped Toyah Battersby.

Down-and-out Simmonds was finally captured last night after holding the barmaid hostage in her own home.

He was arrested after being wrestled to the ground by hero of the hour Peter Barlow who heard Toyah's screams.

But the rescue came after Toyah had been put through a second ordeal when Simmonds held her in her own home after he turned up acting the concerned friend.

Viewers watched as Toyah, played by Georgia Taylor, confided in him before realising he was the attacker when she recognised his voice as he called out her name while she made tea.

As she attempted to escape, Simmonds again turned violent.

Viewers then watched Barlow, who had originally been the prime suspect in the harrowing storyline, break down the door before chasing Simmonds into the back yard where he knocked him unconscious.

But fans could have to wait months to find out if Simmonds will be found guilty of rape.

A soap insider said: "Despite the fact that Simmonds was carted off, Toyah is worried that he will deny the rape.

"She knows it was him and that he has been caught but feels that he may claim she consented to sex.

"She's not convinced he will be convicted."

Ten Street characters were originally in the frame as potential rapists.

An ITV spokesman defended criticisms that Britain's longest-running soap had reached a new low by using the rape to boost ratings in the aftermath of Eastenders' successful Who shot Phil Mitchell? episodes.

But a Corrie spokeswoman said: "We have tried to make the rape story as realistic as possible even though there were no actual rape scenes.

"Georgia's portrayal of Toyah has been remarkable and we have been praised by the rape crisis centre.

"The calls they've received have gone up by 60 per cent."
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