Emmerdale airs Jacob cliffhanger in Leyla drugs plot

Emmerdale spoilers follow from Wednesday's episode (January 4).

Emmerdale has aired a shock stabbing cliffhanger for Jacob Gallagher.

The ITV1 soap's latest episode ended with Jacob's life hanging in the balance as he made a risky decision to protect his mum Leyla.

Leyla has spent the past few weeks trying to turn her life around after a stint in rehab to tackle her drug addiction.

Sadly, she has since faced temptation again due to work pressures and the heartbreak of her estranged husband Liam trying to hurry along their divorce.

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Wednesday's episode saw Leyla succumb to her cravings by calling her former dealer, Callum.

Callum agreed to discreetly meet Leyla by a viaduct, but was initially wary after their previous encounters.

After Leyla convinced Callum that he could trust her again, he sold her some cocaine and they went their separate ways.

Shortly afterwards, Leyla was distraught as Jacob arrived at Tug Ghyll unexpectedly and caught her with the drugs.

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Although Leyla protested she hadn't taken anything, Jacob refused to believe her and was deeply disappointed over his mum's apparent relapse.

Leyla pointed out that she needed to seek support from her sponsor, but Jacob had his own drastic ideas by locking her in her bedroom and vowing to make her go cold turkey.

Jacob then tricked Callum into a meeting by sending a message from Leyla's phone.

At the viaduct, Jacob confronted Callum and tried to warn him off from selling to Leyla again.

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Jacob said: "I'm her son and she was clean. She doesn't need you sniffing around and messing that up for her. Stay away from her."

When Callum refused to take Jacob seriously, the teenager pulled out a knife and sparked a violent scuffle.

Jacob's threatening actions backfired badly when the knife ended up being used against him.

Callum immediately fled from the scene, leaving an injured Jacob helpless and alone on the ground. Will Jacob survive?

Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and streams on ITVX.

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