CORONATION Street fans have demanded to know the fate of a 'missing' character as Bernie Winter goes to court.
Monday's episode of the ITV soap saw Bernie plead guilty to handling stolen goods after being advised by her solicitor, Joel.
Bernie had got involved after meeting up with her friend Big Garth in a bid to make some quick cash to help her son Paul, who has Motor Neurone Disease.
Considering her past record, the judge said she could receive a custodial sentence, which left her loved ones devastated.
An emotional Paul told the judge he "needs his mum" as he faces his last Christmas, and begged for them to reconsider.
However, some Coronation Street viewers were distracted by the absence of one character during the scenes.
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Taking to X – formerly Twitter – one wrote: "Where is Adam Barlow? Is Joel taking all his jobs now?"
Another added: "Has Joel completely replaced Adam now as the street's only lawyer?"
A third tweeted: "Adam must be on holiday".
Speaking about how Bernie's legal trouble will impact Paul's demise, soap boss Iain MacLeod said: "This Christmas, the catastrophe arises from Bernie and her historical involvement with Shelly's slightly dubious online scamming.
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"It puts her in a massive amount of legal hot water, to the extent that there's every likelihood that she's not going to be present for what will be Paul's last Christmas – and the family might not get to be together for one last festive moment."
Paul is set for a heart-breaking exit as he gears up for his last ever Christmas on the cobbles.
The beloved character was recently told he only had six to twelve months to live.
Coronation Street airs on ITV1 and ITVX.
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