Run away!

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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

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