#SPOILER PHOTOS: LEANNE BATTERSBY TO REACH BREAKING POINT OVER SIMON
Leanne Battersby will reach breaking point over her stepson Simon's abusive behaviour next week.
Viewers have seen Simon abusing Leanne for months, but in upcoming scenes she will realise that things can't go on as they are, after she nearly lashes out at him amid another violent row.
Leanne's problems with Simon will go from bad to worse when he returns to Weatherfield after staying with his father Peter.
Leanne is horrified when she realises the word 'whore' has been spray-painted on the wall at the Bistro, and immediately suspects Simon is behind it. However, when she confronts him, he gives her a torrent of abuse over her infertility and incompetence as a mother.
Pushed to the edge, Leanne finds herself nearly hitting Simon when he lashes out at her again, and decides that she needs to take action before things go too far.
Jane Danson, who plays Leanne, said: "She has managed to paper over the cracks for a few weeks but then Simon comes back to Weatherfield and his behaviour soon becomes quite acerbic again. "He really hits a nerve and pushes all her buttons when he's throwing cruel things at her about not having any more children. It's just too much for her. "Leanne goes to hit him back when he sort of swings for her a little bit and then Simon becomes scared. Leanne then realises she needs help and it's the point where she really realises she can't cope alone." Leanne eventually confides in Ken, who agrees to have Simon stay with him for a while.
However, with Simon furious with her over the new living arrangements, Leanne starts to wonder whether she can actually follow through with her decision.
Danson continued: "Leanne thinks that perhaps being with Peter hasn't been great for Simon because he's not a brilliant father to him, so that's possibly made him worse. Ken is the better role model and a male influence so Leanne thinks this might be the only way forward.
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