Home and Away spoilers: Ben Astoni is in BIG trouble!

Home and Away, Ben Astoni

The Astoni family reel from Ben's SHOCK arrest over suspicion he has been using his surf board company to smuggle drugs on Home and Away...

Ben Astoni (played by Rohan Nichol) swears he is innocent on Home and Away (opens in new tab), following his SHOCK arrest at the Surf Club on suspicion of using his business Ben's Boards to smuggle illegal drugs!

As Ben is taken down to the police station for questioning, policeman pal Colby Thorne (Tim Franklin) vows to get to the bottom of the misunderstanding.

However, after checking the facts, even Colby starts to have his doubts when he hears about a drug smuggling racket involving surf boards with drugs hidden inside.

Ben tells the police how he outsourced his big surf board order to a guy at a warehouse in Yabbie Creek. But unfortunately for Ben, when the police investigate, the warehouse is found completely empty.

Home and Away, Maggie Astoni, Ziggy Astoni, Dean Thompson, Colby Thorne

Maggie, Ziggy and Dean want answers after Ben is arrested on Home and Away. (Picture: Channel 5)

Ben's wife Maggie (Kestie Morassi), daughter Ziggy (Sophie Dillman) and Ben's co-worker Dean Thompson (Patrick O'Connor) are horrified as it starts to look like Ben could be facing prison time unless he can prove his innocence...

Elsewhere in Summer Bay, teenager Bella Nixon (Courtney Miller) becomes increasingly worried about friend and landlady Irene Roberts (Lynne McGranger), who has been a nervous wreck since the pair dumped the unconscious body of Bella's stalker Tommy outside the hospital and fled.

Home and Away, Irene Roberts, Bella Nixon, Tommy

Irene and Bella dumped stalker Tommy outside the hospital on Home and Away. (Picture: Channel 5)

Will Irene manage to keep it together when 'Man bashed, dumped at hospital' is reported in the local newspaper, with the police out to identify the mystery man and find out how he got there...

Meanwhile, Dean's showdown with his hated dad Rick Booth (Mark Lee) comes back to haunt him when an envelope is left for him at the Surf Club containing incriminating photos of Dean punching Rick, along with a warning note that Rick is ready to send them to the police!

Home and Away, Dean Thompson

Dean discovers his hated dad Rick is blackmailing him on Home and Away... (Picture: Channel 5)

What will Dean do about his dad's blackmail demands?

Home and Away continues weekdays at 1:15pm and 6:00pm on Channel 5

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.