Emmerdale’s Chris Chittell brands child grooming plot ‘every young man’s dream’

EMMERDALE star Chris Chittell has sparked outrage by describing the soap’s child grooming storyline as a “young man’s dream”.

Chittell, 70, is famed for his character Eric Pollard on the long-running ITV soap who he has played since 1986.

Chittell wrote on Twitter “Come on it’s a young man’s dream, okay okay I know, behave et bloody cetra! Don’t they ‘play’ it well!! Convincing don’t you think!!!!.”

Barnado’s chief executive Javed Khan said that “outdated” views still exist on boys who are groomed by adult women.