Nathan’s mate, Neil, asks Bethany to flee abroad
Sarah is pleased that Bethany looks like she’s finally opening up to someone
It’s going to take a lot more than distance to weaken Nathan’s hold over Bethany – especially when he has a friend in the police force. As Pc Neil calls round to the Platts’ house this week, Sarah welcomes him with open arms, little realising that he’s actually Nathan’s mouthpiece and is trying to persuade her daughter to do a flit abroad.
With Bethany now back at No 8, Sarah and Gary are desperate to convince the teen that her ‘boyfriend’ is a monster. But the schoolgirl is so blinded by what she thinks is love that she refuses to listen, and secretly calls round to Nathan’s flat. Nathan, Neil and Mel all feed her a pack of lies and urge her to leave her family, while Nathan also persuades Bethany to lie to Sarah that they have split up.
Sarah is thrilled to hear of the ‘break up’, and when Neil then calls by, she’s happy to let the copper have some time alone with Bethany in the garden. As she watches through the kitchen window, she has no idea what is being discussed. ‘She’s just pleased that Bethany looks like she’s finally opening up to someone,’ reveals Tina O’ Brien, who plays the worried mum.
Bethany feels guilty when her family later spoil her on her birthday, but it doesn’t stop her from following Neil’s orders to dig out her passport. As she rummages through some drawers, Sarah catches her and is horrified to learn what her daughter is looking for. ‘She was so relieved when it looked like Bethany was making a breakthrough, adds Tina, ‘and she has no idea where this sudden change in her has come from.’
But there’s worse to follow. Soon after Audrey has spotted a burn mark on her greatgranddaughter’s arm, Sarah finds Bethany about to burn her other arm with a cigarette. It’s the teen’s way of punishing herself for letting Nathan down. ‘It dawns on
Sarah how deep Nathan has got Bethany in to his web,’ says Tina.
Sarah’s shellshocked and at a complete loss over what to do. Can she come up with a way to save Bethany from Nathan’s clutches– before it’s too late?
Hose side is he on? Neil tells Bethany to leave home
Bethany’s passport ploy is stamped on
Caught out: Sarah rumbles Bethany’s plan