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Robert Preston has two ambitions: to make a success of the Bistro; and to make a proper go of his romance with Michelle Connor. But he’s badly failing at both of them. The Bistro’s struggling after his drug dealer pal, Rich, stabbed Chesney Brown. That ended with a damning press article, business dropping off and lawyer Adam Barlow asking the struggling chef for a £10k settlement for Chesney.
The path of true love with Michelle hasn’t run smoothly either. Woes at the Bistro have seen rucks and Robert’s been drunk, mugged and arrested.
More unsettling has been the start of a hate campaign, with a vandal spraying ‘RIP’ over the Bistro and an arsonist throwing a firebomb at the restaurant!
Can things get any worse? Yes...
Robert and Michelle are convinced that drug dealer Rich is responsible for the spate of attacks. ‘The police, though, assure Robert and Michelle that Rich has a cast-iron alibi,’ says our insider at Corrie. ‘A frustrated Robert then realises he’s going to struggle to pay Chesney off. ‘Michelle offers to help, but Robert won’t hear of it.’ He has another idea, though, and he grabs cash out of the Bistro till before heading to the casino, hoping to win some quick money!
Which is where a concerned Michelle finds him and she confronts him over his desperate plan. But Robert’s placed his final chips on the roulette table and he watches as a disappointed Michelle exits.
‘When Robert returns home, he’s horrified to see Michelle’s car has been vandalised,’ adds our source.
‘And he’s desperate to ensure his already on-edge girlfriend faces no more pain, so he arranges to get the motor repaired without telling her about it.
‘He returns home and apologises to Michelle for his behaviour and the two of them curl up in bed, with Michelle telling him how relieved she is that there have been no more attacks!’
Gulp! Robert hides his unease at lying to Michelle and he decides to take action. He finds Rich and confronts him about the attacks, but he denies all knowledge.
And Robert’s day gets worse when his car cover-up is exposed after Michelle overhears Alya Briton and Kate Connor discussing it… and she’s not happy.
Our source continues: ‘Livid Michelle flies at Robert for lying to her and for making her think she was safe. She’s so furious she has to get away from her fella, so she offers to drive Maria Connor and her date, Will Chatterton, into town.
‘While Maria and Will head for a drink, Michelle sits alone in a bar… and, slowly but surely, she becomes aware that she’s being watched…’
We’re sworn to secrecy on what happens next, but the danger signs for Michelle and Robert have been rapidly increasing.
Is Michelle about to face a horrifying ordeal at the hands of a vengeful Rich?
But what if Rich is telling the truth about his innocence? If so, is ‘watched’ Michelle about to be the victim of a new threat at the hands of a stalker?
And what about Robert? He’s shown he’s got serious anger issues in the past and Robert actor Tristan Gemmill’s revealed: ‘Robert will do anything to protect Michelle… There’s also a hint that he has an inclination towards violence!’
If Michelle or Robert are in danger, we reckon Robert will turn very nasty indeed and this story is about to turn very dark for both of them.
And, as we report on pages 28 and 29, it seems there’s more police involvement and an arrest in store down the line!
Our advice: Stay tuned and don’t watch these episodes alone!
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The chips are down for Robert as Michelle loses patience with him for gambling at the casino… As Michelle sits alone in a bar, she becomes aware that she’s being watched… But who by?