SHARON Bentley schemes to find Leanne Battersby in witness protection next week in Coronation Street.
Leanne left the cobbles with Nick and Simon last week after she was forced into working with the police to bring down dangerous drug dealer Harvey.
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But next week, newcomer Sharon will use Nick Tilsley’s son Sam to track down Leanne.
Viewers will see Sharon drag Sally and Gail for a drink, but it soon becomes clear that what Sharon is really interested in is tracking down Leanne.
Later in the week, Sharon calls round at Gail’s and steals her laptop while she has her back turned.
While Sharon is out for drinks with Gemma and Jenny, she breaks into Gail’s laptop and finds Nick’s mobile number.
When Jenny spots Sam on Sharon’s screensaver, she confronts Sharon, who tells her she must have picked up Gail’s laptop by accident.
Jenny returns the laptop to Gail, claiming she picked it up by accident, but Shona’s suspicions are immediately raised.
Sharon ups the ante later in the week when she overhears Sarah talking about Sam’s party – and offers to help out.
When Sarah gets a text from Nick asking her to meet him, Sharon offers to collect Sam from school.
Sharon returns Sam and, when he says how much he misses Nick, she suggests setting up a secret meeting between the pair.
Meanwhile, Sarah returns and reveals that Nick didn’t show up.
This week, Sharon – who was last seen on the cobbles in 1999 – rocks up with a sob story for her former foster mother Rita Tanner.
Corrie boss Ian MacLeod teased last year that a ‘familiar face’ to Rita Tanner will arrive on the cobbles and become embroiled in Leanne’s ongoing drug storyline.
He said: “The thing that’s exciting me the most is the Leanne story, which I know I’ve been a bit vague about. I think it’s incredibly exciting.
“It will also draw in Rita at a certain point – and there’ll be a blast from the past for Rita that emerges as a result of the story.
“I really think this story will end up in the place where you least expect it when you start watching it in the New Year.”
Viewers will remember that Sharon clashed with Leanne, who was Rita’s assistant at the Kabin, during her last appearance on the cobbles.
What is Sharon up to?