Emmerdale cleared over Aaron Dingle's prison bullying

Sophie Dainty
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From Digital Spy

Emmerdale is in the clear with Ofcom following complaints over Aaron Dingle's prison bullying storyline.

The ITV soap provoked 269 complaints to Ofcom when Aaron's ordeal in jail took a dark turn, as he was taunted in the same cell where his paedophile father Gordon Livesy ended his life last year.

The intense scenes saw Jason violently force Aaron into the cell and cruelly mock his traumatic history of child abuse, which some viewers felt was unsuitable for the show's pre-watershed 7pm timeslot.

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However, Ofcom has confirmed its decision over the complaints today (March 20), ruling that the violence "was appropriately limited" – and no further action will be taken.

A spokesperson for Ofcom said:"We assessed complaints that a prison storyline, with strong and violent themes, was not suitable for broadcast before the watershed.

"However, the violence was appropriately limited, and clear warnings were provided at the start of the programmes.

"We also took into account Emmerdale's established role in presenting sometimes challenging or distressing social issues".

Ofcom also ruled that the drug use in the episode was editorially justified following six further complaints, after Aaron took a joint in a bid to get through his ordeal.

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.

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