A deluded Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo) is to menace Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) this Christmas and threaten to tell Mick (Danny Dyer) that he’s had a fling with her.
Viewers saw Dean rape Linda back in the autumn before embarking on a relationship with stylist Stacey Branning (Lacey Tuner). But Stacey is to discover the truth about her boyfriend later this month when Linda lets slip about the assault.
Following the revelation, Stacey will finish things with Dean, but doesn’t tell him why she’s ended their romance. But when Dean learns that Stacey and Linda have grown close, the penny drops.
Events appear to come to a head on Christmas Eve when Stacey tells Dean to stay away from her and Lily. Dean storms over to the Vic and corners Linda, warning that he’s had enough of her supposed lies and he blackmails her into telling Stacey it was a mistake – otherwise he will tell Mick about their ‘fling’.
Linda agrees but on one condition – Dean stays away from the Carters and the Vic. But with secrets set to spill over the festive season, this surely can’t be the end of the story?
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