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Matty Barton suffers a cruel and evil attack on New Year’s Eve.

What should be a fun night out at a party with his best friend Victoria turns into a living nightmare when  Matty (Ash Palmisiciano), who is transgender, runs into Isaac, an ex-boyfriend from Matty’s former life as Hannah.

When Isaac realises who Matty is and digests their connection, he turns on him, taunting him with nasty barbed comments about Matty’s gender. Unable to bear Isaac’s nastiness, Matty decides to leave but ends up running into Isaac and his crew outside the cafe.

Matty Barton, who is transgender, is set upon by an ex, Isaac, who he went out with during his former life as Hannah Barton

Poor Matty is then set upon by the group of lads who tear of his top exposing a ‘compression vest’ he’s wearing underneath.

“This is the worst thing that could happen to Matty,” said actor Ash Palmisiciano who plays Matty. “He is so embarrassed of his body anyway and is desperate for surgery. He’s wearing a compression vest and they say: ‘you’re still a woman aren’t you?’ The whole village sees.”

Humiliated and hurt, Matty then runs off into the darkness.

Elsewhere, Harriet (Katherine Dow Blyton) is on a desperate mission to track down Dawn. In a bid to help, Ryan (James Moore) puts a call into sex-worker Dawn, posing as a punter. Will the plan pay off?

Ryan Stocks helps Harriet Finch who is desperate to track down sex-worker Dawn

Later, Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) and Ryan have a touching moment in the Woolpack, which has been decked out to celebrate Ryan’s birthday the first he and his birth mum were due to share together.