Emmerdale acid attack scenes involving Ross Barton attract 228 complaints to Ofcom

Over 200 Emmerdale viewers complain to Ofcom over shocking acid attack scenes
(Picture: ITV)

The scenes were undoubtedly a horrifying watch and over 200 Emmerdale fans think that the soap went too far in their portrayal of an acid attack before the watershed in dramatic episodes which will change Ross Barton’s life forever.

Viewers watched as Ross fell victim to the devastating attack when Debbie Dingle ordered Simon to mess up Joe Tate, only for him to target the wrong person. As Ross fell to the ground screaming in agony, Joe and his cohort Graham Foster found him and took steps to try and help.

As an ambulance was called, Graham soaked Ross’ face with a hose to try and clear away as much of the acid as he could. Ross was writhing in agony in harrowing scenes and some viewers believe that it was unsuitable viewing for before 9pm.

As a result, Ofcom are now considering whether to investigate after 228 viewers got in touch to express their complaints.

As Ofcom spokesperson said: ‘We are assessing these complaints under our broadcasting rules before deciding whether or not to investigate.’

An Emmerdale spokesperson told ‘Emmerdale has a long track record of tackling difficult and topical storylines and the unprovoked acid attack upon Ross is another example of this. We take our responsibility seriously when portraying what happens in these circumstances.

Ross is badly injured by an acid attack in Emmerdale
(Picture: ITV)

‘Consequently, the storyline was researched thoroughly with medical experts at Pinderfields Hospital. For the sequence following Ross’s attack we adhered carefully to the NHS guidelines about how to help people who are the victim of an acid attack.

‘We also specifically researched this story with one particular victim who felt it important to share what happened to him with the Emmerdale production team.’

The episode concluded with Ross facing the possibility of permanent scarring as doctors prepared to carry out a procedure which would involve the removal of some of the injured skin.

Emmerdale continues on Friday 9th February at 7pm on ITV.

You can find more support and information on acid attacks by visiting the website of Changing Faces or you can contact their helpline on 0300 012 0275.

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