Emmerdale: a confused Ashley hits Laurel

Laurel to make a big decision about Ashley's care in the wake of the confrontation

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A confused Ashley is to lash out in an upcoming episode of Emmerdale and accidentally hit wife Laurel.

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The shock moment comes in the midst of the Thomas family rushing to hospital following the collapse of Gabby, who has been out binge drinking.

Doctors will be seen telling a relieved Laurel that Gabby will be all right. But tensions soon escalate again when Ashley – in a disorientated state – accidentally hits Laurel after arguing with her.

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Laurel is distraught by what’s happened, while Ashley bursts into tears when he realises what he’s done.

With Ashley’s dementia worsening by the week, Laurel is soon having to make a decision about her husband’s ongoing care. But how will an increasingly unpredictable Ashley react to the situation?

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You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of Emmerdale below.

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