Hollyoaks' Cleo and Toby plan revenge against abuser Pete

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The following article contains discussion of themes including eating disorders that some readers may find upsetting.

Hollyoaks spoilers follow.

Cleo McQueen and Toby Faroe are planning to take revenge against abuser Pete Buchanan in Hollyoaks.

Toby has been up-in-arms ever since he discovered earlier in the week that Pete was grooming another young girl who he'd been pretending was his stepdaughter.

In Thursday's (June 24) first-look episode, Cleo was desperate to prevent Toby from taking action outside the law against Pete.

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

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"You're one of the good guys, but the best thing you can do is just leave it to the police to manage," Cleo assured him.

However, Cleo was dealing with far more stress than she was letting on, as she had a hallucination that Ste and Leah were actually Pete and the young girl he'd been abusing.

"Get away from her," Cleo screamed before Misbah intervened and encouraged her to take the day off.

She was tipped over the edge when Toby delivered the news that the police couldn't pursue any charges against Pete because they didn't have any actual evidence he was grooming again.

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

There were the early signs that she was struggling with her eating disorder once again as well, as visions of Pete haunted her during lunch with Toby.

Cleo left abruptly, to try to process what she was feeling, but ended up purging in an alleyway. The news Pete remained free pushed her to the extreme when she caught up with Toby.

"If the police aren't going to do anything about it, I will," she angrily insisted. "Look, I need to make sure he could never hurt anyone ever again. I need to get rid of him for good!

"I have to do this, Toby!"

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

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"No, we have to do this," Toby interrupted. "You're not alone, Cleo."

Viewers already know that the couple's dangerous vendetta will set the stage for shocking scenes ahead that will drive Toby to consider leaving the village. What are they up to?

Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.

Beat (www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk) is a charity which raises awareness and understanding of eating disorders, and supports those affected by them. Beat now has a one-to-one secure messaging service. Its phone helpline for those aged 18 and over is 0808 801 0677, and there's also a dedicated Youthline for those under 18 – 0808 801 0711.

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