Emmerdale abuse continues in Jacob storyline

Daniel Kilkelly
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From Digital Spy

Emmerdale airs more disturbing scenes for Maya Stepney and Jacob Gallagher tonight (June 19) as they come face-to-face again.

Maya destroys any hope of Jacob making progress by reeling him in with more manipulation.

Wednesday's episode sees Jacob (Joe-Warren Plant) pay a visit to David Metcalfe at the shop, subtly showing concern after hearing about his visit to a therapist.

Just when it seems that Jacob may be taking the first small steps towards reuniting with his stepdad, his thoughts turn back to Maya when he makes a shocking discovery.

The teen is horrified when he sees Noah Dingle watching a livestream on his phone, which shows a group of schoolgirls attacking Maya.

Jacob rushes straight to the scene to rescue Maya from her tormentors, successfully scaring them off.

The incident gives Jacob a chance to catch up with Maya, questioning her on whether she really meant her harsh words when she rejected him earlier this month.

Dropping the act, Maya finds comfort in Jacob and they kiss again in unsettling scenes.

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Emmerdale is currently building up to Maya's court appearance in Thursday night's double bill, which will see her fate finally revealed.

Louisa Clein, who plays Maya, recently explained: "She's feeling nervous, vulnerable and anxious over what the verdict is going to be. She's on her own and she feels a sense of doom over what the future will hold.

"Because Maya can't quite accept that what she's done is wrong, she can't comprehend the possibility of a jail sentence. I suppose she's hoping she'll get a rap on the knuckles and she'll start again.

"Ideally, she would imagine some sort of non-custodial sentence or a suspended sentence, then she'd move away to a different place and try to rebuild her life.

"I don't know how she'd cope in prison. It's not a nice place to be and she wouldn't be looked upon very favourably there. She's not necessarily streetwise!"

Emmerdale airs tonight at 7pm on ITV.

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Readers who are affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 (www.nspcc.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline on (1-800-422-4453) or the American SPCC (www.americanspcc.org).

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