Emmerdale spoilers: Is Lachlan White out for revenge on the Dingles?

Emmerdale, Lydia Hart, Belle Dingle, Sam Dingle

As the sinister goings-on continue, Belle is shocked when a beloved family pig is found dead. She's convinced her killer ex Lachlan is responsible.

Double-bill. Lachlan White has been under lock and key since last autumn when his killer crimes finally caught-up with him and he was arrested by armed police.

But after receiving a delivery of dead flowers, Lachlan's ex-girlfriend Belle Dingle is convinced he somehow sent them. Belle's family have tried to reassure her Lachlan is behind bars and can no longer hurt her but they are secretly unsettled by this turn of events.

And the Dingles are right to worry. After Lydia Hart receives an emergency phone call from her fella Sam Dingle, she and Belle race up to the family farm and are horrified to find Sam with his hands covered in blood and the shock news beloved family pig Gloria has been found dead.

Could Lachlan somehow be behind the grisly goings-on and is out for revenge on Belle and her family?

Emmerdale, Debbie Dingle

Debbie is confused after receiving a package from her "runaway" fiance Joe and reports him as a missing person. (Picture: ITV)

Meanwhile, Debbie Dingle is confused after receiving a package from her "runaway" fiance Joe Tate.

Unaware of what really happened on their doomed wedding day, Debbie decides to report Joe as a missing person. But will she accidentally set the police on the trail of her dad Cain Dingle and Graham Foster who know what really happened to Joe?

And despite her angry clash with cousin Chas Dingle on Marlon Dingle and Jessie Grant's wedding day, Mandy Dingle seems intent on sticking around in the village and possibly making up for lost time with her ex-husband Paddy Kirk!

Can Marlon keep Mandy and Paddy apart before Paddy's lady Chas finds out what's going on and the claws come out again?

Emmerdale continues weeknights at 7:00pm on ITV

Simon Timblick

Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters. Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave? Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!

Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy. He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.

Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)

And the writer and director of (very!) low budget fright flick, Midsummer Night's EVIL and the sequel webisodes series, The Hatchet Woods HORROR.