Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) is to be arrested on suspicion of kerb crawling in an upcoming episode of EastEnders. But the Queen Vic landlord is actually doing pal Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) a favour by trying to track down blackmailer Rainie Cross (Tanya Franks), the prostitute Ian was with on the night Lucy was killed.
"Mick has no idea what he's getting into when he agrees to help Ian. We all know that Mick is one of the good guys and would never try to pick up a prostitute. He'll be praying that Linda trusts him enough to believe he's innocent," said a show insider.
Family man Mick has recently sought strength from Ian in order to conquer his fear of water. Viewers last week saw Mick bond with the grieving dad when he confided his concerns at the local pool. And over the summer months, Ian will reciprocate by telling Mick about Rainie's attempts at extortion.
"The big question is why Ian needs to find Rainie so badly," the source added to Inside Soap. "He was trying to get rid of her the other week. Does he now need to account for his movements on the night of the murder to the police?"