PC Smith was one of two officers who called at 9 Coronation Street in January 2013 to assist social worker Harriet Lythgoe to forcibly remove Ruby Soames from the care of her father Tyrone Dobbs.

For months, Tyrone had been suffering physical abuse and violence from his girlfriend Kirsty Soames but he was powerless in the face of the fact that Kirsty had not registered his name as father of their baby. Knowing full well Kirsty’s tragic history of cruelty at the hands of her own father and fearful that she would treat the child in the same way, he hatched a plan to marry her to give him parental rights and then take the baby from her. The plan fell apart when Kirsty found out what he was up to from texts on a mobile phone and, in an argument, she fell down the stairs.

In the hospital, she turned the tables on Tyrone when she told investigating officer DS Garrett that he had pushed her and she was worried for Ruby’s sake. As well as assisting Harrie Lythgoe, Smith also arrested Tyrone for assault.

Five months later, he was called in when Roy Cropper went missing from home. PC Smith interviewed his wife Hayley and mother Sylvia Goodwin who were half-way through giving their information when Roy was brought back by Deirdre Barlow who had found him sleepwalking on the Red Rec.