Emmerdale’s Anthony Quinlan explains to Soaplife how Pete ends up with the threat of a manslaughter charge hanging over his head…

Pete Barton is about to learn that, in soap, you never get away with breaking the law. Last year, he sold drugs to try to keep a roof over the family’s head. That was bad but, what turns out to be a lot worse, is that a girl died after taking drugs Pete sold and now the police are after him! “It means he could face a manslaughter charge,” Anthony tells Soaplife. And he tries to keep that a secret from Debbie!

Why doesn’t he tell Debbie (Charley Webb) immediately?
“Pete doesn’t know exactly where he stands at this point. He doesn’t know if the allegations are true, so he’s protecting Debbie until he knows exactly what the score is.”

Who tells Andy?
“Sarah overhears a conversation about it between Pete and Debbie and tells Andy. Pete then comes clean and admits it to Andy himself. “

What does Andy (Kelvin Fletcher) think?
“He wants Pete to stay away from his kids, which is understandable, as you wouldn’t want your children to be brought up around a drug dealer. Pete thinks the world of the kids, he sees his future with them and he’s heartbroken.”

Could this destroy Pete’s relationship with Debbie?
“If Pete gets sent down, he can’t really expect Debbie to stand by him. It’s a massive ordeal that they’re going through and we’ll have to wait and see what happens to them as a couple.”

Will it have an affect on the farm, too?
“Absolutely. The whole thing will be accumulative. It’s a horrible situation but, at the end of the day, Pete put himself there. He thought he was selling drugs for the right reason, but has learned that there is never a right reason to sell drugs.”

How would you describe Pete’s state of mind?
“He’s in a terrible state. He doesn’t know if he’s guilty, but knows there is a strong possibility that he is. He’s terrified for himself, for Debbie and the kids. Andy’s going for custody and if the courts hears about this it won’t look good for Debbie.”

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