Hollyoaks spoilers: Mercedes McQueen to be murdered tonight as Jennifer Metcalfe bows out

Shock scenes to shown this evening on E4 will see Mercedes face a sinister attacker

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One week on from the death of Carmel, it looks like the McQueen family is set to meet with more tragedy when Mercedes is murdered during tonight’s first-look E4 episode.

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The drama unfolds after Mercedes (Jennifer Metcalfe) catches Freddie kissing Lindsey and threatens to reveal all to Joe unless she gets payment.

Viewers will get their last sight of Mercedes when – following a big row with her family at Carmel’s funeral – she arrives home, only to be scared by a sinister visitor arriving at the back door.

A ‘flash-forward’ scene at the start of the episode will see a pair of legs being dragged away, which will eventually be established as belonging to Mercedes.

With speculation rife that Freddie will face police questioning by Friday to tie in with the show’s 4,000th episode, a spokesperson for the C4 soap said to RadioTimes.com: “There will definitely be someone under investigation by the end of the week and they’ll have a hard task proving their innocence.”

When Jennifer Metcalfe announced her exit on Twitter back in August, she wrote: “Mercedes is leaving the village, she needs to give her high heels a rest – my feet are knackered.”

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But it seems that Mercedes won’t be in need of those high heels any longer when her time in the village comes to an unexpectedly shocking end…