Child sexual exploitation victims may fear coming forward after a courtroom sketch of a grooming victim was shown in Coronation Street, it is feared.
The character Bethany Platt, 16, is at the centre of a grooming storyline. The soap showed a sketch of her being drawn during the trial of her alleged abuser.
By law sexual assault victims are granted anonymity for life.
Former chief crown prosecutor Nazir Afzal said he was “concerned”. ITV apologised for the mistake.
In the long-running story Nathan Curtis, played by Chris Harper, was arrested for sexual exploitation and accused of forcing the teenager to have sex with his friends in a series of “parties”.