EMMERDALE will be rocked tonight when Bernice Blackstock returns to the village despite fleeing in disgrace last week.
The fan favourite – who is played by actress Samantha Giles in the ITV soap – was revealed to have run up a £20,000 debt in her sister Nicola's name.
Viewers watched on Friday night as Bernice's scam was revealed when bailiffs emptied Nicola's home of any goods worth taking to cover the debt.
Cowardly Bernice fled the village and left a note confessing to her crimes leaving Nicola devastated.
“It was Bernice,” Nicola told Bob.
“She took a loan out in my name for £20,000 and she can’t face me. She’s done a runner.”
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But that isn't the end with Bernice returning tonight to face the music.
Jimmy King (played by Nick Miles) is shocked and furious as he discovers enforcement agents have seized their belongings due to a fraudulent £20k debt.
Bernice is unveiled as the culprit but she's seemingly on the run to avoid repercussions.
Meanwhile, her business partner Bob Hope (Tony Audenshaw) is aghast to learn she has neglected to pay suppliers.
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Making matters worse, her daughter Gabby Thomas (Rosie Bentham), with whom she worked hard to have a healthy relationship, is crestfallen over her mother's abandonment – again.
Jimmy confronts his wife Nicola (Nicola Wheeler), calling out her reluctance to report Bernice's fraud.
However, Cathy Hope (Gabrielle Dowling) raises suspicions due to her casual attitude and Nicola is determined to find her sister.
Unbeknownst to anybody, Bernice is hiding out in Brook Cottage, fearing prison if Nicola reports her.
Cathy secretly updates Bernice on the reaction to her behaviour in the outside world.
Before long, Nicola finds her and blocks her escape, but at the last moment, Bernice stays.
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She confesses the reason behind her fraud, but Nicola is hard lined and gives her a tough choice to make.
Bernice can either let the police take her away or accept Nicola's deal.
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