Coronation Street viewers are seriously creeped out by ‘evil’ Hope Stape’s behaviour after she started a fire at her stepfather’s home with his pregnant girlfriend inside.
Consumed by hatred and jealousy over Tyrone expecting a baby with new partner Alina Pop, she let herself into the flat above the salon where Alina was asleep.
Hope, who had stolen Alina’s keys, was seen staring at a lit aromatherapy candle and the baby’s cot.
Smoke was then seen seeping under the bedroom door while Alina slept.
Neighbours called 999 and Alina was rushed to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
The daughter of Fiz Stape and her serial killer ex husband John Stape has only ever known Tyrone as a father so she didn’t take the news well that he was having a baby.
In Monday’s episode Hope, who lives with Fiz and Tyrone’s daughter Ruby with his late ex wife Kirsty Soames, overheard that Alina and Tyrone are expecting a son, prompting a furious rage in the girl.
She snapped “I’m not your darling” at a stunned Alina when she was trying to be kind to her.
And she told Fiz “he’s going to like the baby more than me and Ruby”, complaining that she heard Tyrone say he’d always wanted a baby boy.
Hope screamed: “I hate him and I hate that baby!”
A horrfied Fiz sent Hope to her room but she later produced the stolen keys to Alina’s flat from her coat pocket and escaped from the house while her gran Evelyn Plummer was asleep and Fiz was at the shop.
Corrie fans took to Twitter in terror.
“Hope is a psycho well she is John’s Stapes daughter,” said one.
“What’s wrong with Hope? is she some sort of devil child?” asked another.
“Hope Is A Devil Child!! 666,” tweeted another.
“Hope is a serial killer in the making,” tweeted another concerned fan.
“Why is Hope so evil?” asked another.
“Hope is evil child. Can’t stand for her,” another gasped.
But others were loving the drama.
“What happened to young Hope on #Corrie? She wasn’t in it for ages and now she’s suddenly a right sassy little madam. A queen. An icon,” applauded another soap watcher.
“Hope is just jealous that’s all it is. She’s feeling pushed out,” reasoned another.
Troubled Hope previously started a fire at the Underworld factory in 2019 and shocked viewers by hiding a lighter in her doll’s head.
The problem child played by Isabella Flanagan also tried to hurt her cousin Joseph by trying to convince him he could fly and she put Evelyn’s dog Cerberus on a tram to Rochdale.
She was previously taken to a specialist school in Birmingham in a bid to sort her bad behaviour but it seems her problems have resurfaced after Tyrone fell for lodger Alina and left the family unit.
Thankfully Alina assures Tyrone that both she and the baby are fine in Wednesday’s double bill.
As the fire is investigated an officer tells Tyrone that it would seem the fire was started by an aromatherapy candle. Alina’s horrified to think that she caused the fire with one of her candles.
But suspicions are sparked when Hope questions whether the person who started the fire will get into trouble.
Having gone over the fire officer’s findings, Alina tells Tyrone that in order for the fire to have started in the cot, someone must have moved the candle.