Darryl Parkins
Darryl Parkins
Occupation Criminal
Born 8th March 1974
Residence Highfield Prison
Spouse(s) Beth Tinker
Children Craig Tinker (1998)
First appearance 14th September 2016
Number of appearances 1
Played by Paul Loughran

Darryl Parkins was the absent father of Craig Tinker and the husband of Beth Sutherland. In September 2016 Darryl and Craig met for the first time, but shortly after Craig's 18th birthday.

A career criminal, He was initially imprisoned for a bank job after his wife Beth Tinker shopped him to the police. He later found it difficult to find legitimate work so continued to break the law to fend for himself. Beth gave birth to their son Craig in September 1998, however Darryl would remain absent and continue ending up in and out of prison for the next eighteen years.

Craig first learned that his father was a criminal when he applied to join the Special Constabulary in 2016 but got turned down because of his father's past. When Craig contemplated meeting his father, his friend Faye Windass wrote to Darryl at Highfield Prison. Darryl sent a visit order which was received by Craig a few days later. Craig was determined to visit his father despite Kirk urging him not to do so, and soon met Darryl face-to-face. Although the two initially got on well, when it came time for Craig to leave Darryl asked him to sneak in drugs on his next visit. Craig was angry that Darryl was only really interested in using him as a drug carrier. Darryl then revealed that he and Beth had never actually got a divorce, making her a bigamist and her marriage to Kirk void.

Craig's absent father was first mentioned on 16th August 2013
Darryl's name was shown on a prison visiting application on 12th September 2016 where his first name was misspelled "Daryl"

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