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Has Coronation Street just REVEALED the identity of the factory roof collapse villain?

The Coronation Street roof collapse is just weeks away, but has the soap just revealed who is responsible for the devastating drama?

Coronation Street fans have known for months that there is big drama heading for the cobbles this month as the factory roof collapses, leaving one Weatherfield resident dead.

But has the soap just revealed who the culprit is?

The soap's official website has let slip that none other than Robert Preston clashes with Carla Connor next week. So could he have a motive to sabotage her beloved business?

The website reveals: "Seeing Carla in the street, Robert is convinced that she is stirring things between him and Michelle.

Robert Preston in Coronation Street

Is Robert the one who causes the factory roof to collapse?

"He confronts her about it, but how will Carla react to Robert's warning to watch out?"

It has been reported that one of the locals will be responsible for the factory collapse... leading to fans trying to work out who could be the guilty party.

So far the fignger of suspicion has been pointed at Nick Tilsley after he has turned decidedly darker recently. He also has history with Carla and a stake in the factory.

Gary Windass has also been in the frame, and with his money struggles taking hold, could his desperation see him do something drastic?

Coronation Street star Mikey North as Gary Windass

Fans think Gary could be the new cobbles baddie

And Seb Franklin has also found himself in the firing line, with fans worried he could be the cobbles' next villain after the turbulent few months he's had.

Speaking of the huge stunt last year, Coronation Street boss Iain MacLeod told the press: "It will at first appear to be an accident, but then it will be revealed to be a mystery and it'll have been some kind of criminal enterprise that causes it to fall down.

"Somebody will be dying in said collapse, I'm not going to tell you who that is or who pulls the factory roof down... it plays out over five months and becomes a whodunnit."

So could Robert be the one with blood on his hands when a familiar face dies in the factory collapse?

Watch this space!

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV.

Picture credits: Main image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock, all others: ITV Mark Bruce.

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.