Coronation Street shock as Todd Grimshaw was cleared by police years ago as he is reported missing officially

CORONATION Street dropped a bombshell last night when it was revealed that Todd Grimshaw isn't being hunted by the police.

The legal assistant fled from Weatherfield after assaulting a police officer and his friends and family thought he had continued to be on the run.

Last week a letter arrived claiming to be from Todd pleading for money.

Billy, Sean and Mary set up a scheme to try and catch Todd but instead found a woman who claimed she had simply found his phone and was trying to make a quick buck.

It spurred the trio into trying to find Todd with Billy approaching police officer Craig Tinker to see if he could find anything out.

Last night Craig broke the news to Todd's ex Billy that he had already spoken to officers about the assault charge and was free and clear.

That means Todd has been staying away from the cobbles for other reasons.

Actor Gareth Pierce will take over the role three years after disgraced star Bruno Langley was sacked.

New soap star Gareth said: "I’m thrilled to be joining such an iconic show, and to have been entrusted with taking Todd forward into some really exciting storylines.

"It’s an honour to be part of the dedicated Coronation Street team in such unprecedented times."

Todd was written out of the ITV soap after Bruno, 37, was convicted of sexually assaulting two women in a bar in Manchester in 2017.

Viewers were told Todd had assaulted a police officer and "gone on the run" and he has been sparingly mentioned over the last three years.

In recent months, the soap has dropped a couple of hints that Todd could be on his way back to Weatherfield.

His mum Eileen – played by Sue Cleaver – told Fiz earlier this year: “Every Mother’s Day or birthday it’s the same.

"I think this will be the time I hear from him but I never do of course.”

And vicar Billey Mayhew – who Todd had a relationship with – mentioned he was going to come face-to-face with "a blast from the past".

Since being axed from the soap, Bruno has retrained as a professional portrait photographer.

He previously said of his new career: "I’m really happy being creative in this way.

“I’ve been taking time out to catch my breath, reassess what is important to me and to make myself a better person.”

Bruno played Todd in Coronation Street for 16 years before he admitted grabbing the crotches of two women in a nightclub in 2017 after a boozy night out.

Bruno was spared jail but was issued with a 12 month community order, an electronic tag and ordered to stick to a curfew as well as pay compensation to his victims.

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