EastEnders viewers have watched in horror over the last few months as Gray Atkins (played by Toby Alexander-Smith) emotionally and physically abused his wife Chantelle Atkins (Jessica Plummer). A few months ago, it seemed Mitch Baker (Roger Griffiths) suspicions over his son-in-law’s behaviour was raised, and now it looks like will Gray finally be thrown in jail after attacking his wife one last time.
Last night, the stress of Whitney Dean’s (Shona McGarty) murder case, started to get to Gray and he confronted Chantelle blaming her for forcing him to take the job in the first place.
Chantelle brought Gray a cup of tea to help him through the work, but when she spilt some on his paperwork, he went off at her.
Gray’s abuse has increased in the last few months, starting with manipulating his wife emotionally and moving onto sexual assault and then physically hurting her by breaking her wrist.
However, Gray’s behaviour had been improving recently leading Chantelle to believe he was finally sorting himself out, but the Whitney case could be the thing that tips him over the edge?
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Before Christmas, Mitch started to get wind Chantelle wasn’t happy at home when Gray tricked her into renewing their vows.
In upcoming scenes, Mitch could get the wrong end of the stick and he confides in Karen Taylor (Lorraine Stanley).
Mitch will admit he thinks Gray is having an affair, which will quickly be dismissed by Karen.
This won’t stop Mitch confronting Gray leaving him furious, but will he leave his daughter in danger after the questioning?
Mitch won’t be giving up easily though, but his actions could put the family in danger.
Mitch will call up Gray’s office only to find out that he has been suspended but he is just playing with fire.
When Gray finds out Mitch has been snooping he will storm home looking to take his anger out on someone.
With Chantelle already recovering from a broken wrist, has she just been put in deadly danger, or will Mitch get their first exposing Gray for good?
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Later this week Mitch will apologise to Gray for getting him wrong, but he could be setting the abuser up for a fall.
Karen will usher Gray to The Vic where everyone will cheers him for his work with Whitney’s case and Gray will be horrified after being led to believe that Chantelle had told her dad everything about the abuse.
But it is doubtful Gray’s true colours will be exposed in front of everyone.
Chantelle’s abuse storyline has been a hard watch for many viewers, but they are begging her to leave her husband.
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Elsewhere on the Square, Karen and Mitch were called to the hospital last night after Keegan Baker (Zach Morris) was tackled by the police.
Keegan took chase when their flat was broken into and Tiffany Butcher’s (Maisie Smith) engagement ring was stolen off her finger.
But the police only saw Keegan fighting with the burglar and tackled him to the floor leaving him with cuts all over his face.
Later in the episode, Keegan was ignored in the hospital, and when he made a fuss was arrested saying he was being victimised for the colour of his skin.
EastEnders continues on BBC One tonight at 7.30pm.
If you or someone has been affected by the storyline or need advice regarding domestic abuse you can call 0808 2000 247 or click here for more information – The 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline
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