Emmerdale fans devastated by heart-wrenching twist as Kyle is taken away

Amy and Kyle are questioned by the police in Emmerdale
Kyle has been taken into a secure children's home, leaving his family heartbroken. (Image credit: ITV)

Emmerdale fans were left devastated as Kyle was taken away from his family last night (Thursday, January 12) but nothing could prepare them for the heartbreaking moment that came as he said his goodbyes. 

Fans of Emmerdale will know that 11-year-old Kyle recently confessed to accidentally killing Al Chapman after an altercation in a barn with a shotgun between Al and his arch-enemy, Cain Dingle. 

Cain has been taking the blame for the crime since it happened, and was even prepared to go to prison for a very long time in a bid to protect his son. 

However, the guilt was eating away at young Kyle and, in the end, he confessed his crime, leading to him now being taken to a secure children's home while the courts decide how he will be punished for Al's death. 

Moira and Amy are devastated as they say goodbye to Kyle in Emmerdale

When Kyle was told to say goodbye to his mum, he went straight to Moira.  (Image credit: ITV)

Cain and Chas's long-lost brother Caleb is currently funding the best lawyers for the family, hoping he can make the courts see that Al's death was an accident and that Kyle should be allowed home.

Matty and Amy are devastated as they say goodbye to Kyle in Emmerdale

Amy was heartbroken as her son was taken away from the village.  (Image credit: ITV)

Thursday night's episode was bittersweet for the Dingles with everyone thrilled to see Cain arriving home from prison, but with the family also devastated that Kyle had been taken away.

While fans were thrilled to see Cain back in Emmerdale, they were in tears over Kyle being driven away from his family, especially as all the Dingles gathered outside to wish him well.

Moira and Amy are devastated as they say goodbye to Kyle in Emmerdale

Kyle put on a brave face as he was taken from his family.  (Image credit: ITV)

As the tears flowed, Kyle was encouraged by the police to say goodbye to his mum... but in a surprise twist instead of rushing into the arms of his biological mum, Amy, Kyle instead went straight to Moira — something that left Emmerdale fans heartbroken.

Viewers took to social media to share their sadness at the heart-wrenching turn of events...

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Amy was understandably devastated at what had happened, sobbing once Kyle had left the village that she thought he blamed her for everything. 

Matty was quick to reassure her, but with Kyle's future looking so uncertain for now, it seems Amy, Moira and the rest of the Dingles have got an emotional few months ahead of them. 

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7.30 pm on ITV, with a hour-long episode on Thursdays — see our TV Guide for full listings. You can also catch up on ITVX

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.