Home and Away spoilers: Ben Astoni in SHOCK arrest!

Home and Away, Ben Astoni

Everyone's shocked when the police swoop in on the Surf Club and Ben gets arrested on Home and Away and accused of exporting illegal drugs!

In yesterday's episode of Home and Away (opens in new tab), Ben Astoni (played by Rohan Nichol) was relieved when the wheels were in motion on his BIG surf board deal.

But after the champagne celebrations of the night before, Ben's world comes crashing down when the police arrive at the Surf Club just as boss Ben is shutting shop on Ben's Boards - and arrest him!

To his SHOCK, Ben is accused of exporting prohibited drugs. What?!

Meanwhile, Dean Thompson (Patrick O'Connor) is being hounded by journalists following the front page newspaper story which exposed Dean as the secret son of politician Rick Booth (Mark Lee).

But things go from bad to worse when Dean and his girlfriend Ziggy Astoni (Sophie Dillman) leave the Surf Club and find Rick waiting for them, who demands a paternity test.

Rick starts to wind-up Dean, and when he makes some crude comments about Dean's mum, Karen, the surfie snaps and PUNCHES his hated dad in the face!

With Dean still on probation for past dodgy doings, will he now face assault charges?

Home and Away, Rick Booth

Rick is in cahoots with a journalist to set Dean up for assault charges on Home and Away. (Picture: Channel 5)

Elsewhere, John Palmer (Shane Withington) has been struggling to cope since Ryder Jackson (Lukas Radovich) quit his job at the juice bar. So Raffy Morrison (Olivia Deeble), who is looking for a change in her life, is pleased when foster dad John offers her some shifts.

Raffy can't wait to share her news about landing the juice bar job with boyfriend Ryder. However, he seems totally distracted once again, focused on his new job as barman at restaurant Salt.

Home and Away, Ryder Jackson, Raffy Morrison

Will Ryder make some time to appreciate his girlfriend Raffy before it's too late on Home and Away? (Picture: Channel 5)

After some words of advice from his granddad Alf Stewart (Ray Meagher), will busy Ryder find a way to show Raffy he does appreciate her and their relationship?

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.