Home and Away lines up shock shooting in kidnap plot

Daniel Kilkelly

From Digital Spy

Home and Away will air a shock shooting storyline as Summer Bay unites to save Justin Morgan's daughter Ava from kidnappers.

Viewers in Australia recently saw Ava get snatched in a huge cliffhanger, which aired just before the soap went off air Down Under to make way for the Commonwealth Games.

With Home and Away now back on air in Australia, the stakes are getting even higher as the race is on to get Ava back home safely.

Upcoming episodes will see the culprits behind the kidnapping send a ransom note, which demands $25,000 in exchange for Ava's return.

When new cop Colby Thorne is alerted to the terrifying situation, he comes up with a risky plan to take back control.

Colby's idea sees him lie in wait at the exchange location with back-up from his police team, while Justin's girlfriend Willow Harris (Sarah Roberts) acts as bait by bringing along the money.

Tim Franklin, who plays Colby, told Aussie magazine TV Week: "Justin is a broken man, just trying to keep himself together for his daughter's sake. His head is living in the land of what-ifs, which Colby understands all too well.

"The plan is dangerous, but he'll do it by any means necessary."

Sadly for Colby, he hasn't counted on his old friend Dean Thompson causing major problems, as the chief River Boy stumbles across the police operation in his own unofficial search for Ava.

When the kidnapper arrives as promised, Ava rushes to Willow's side – leaving the coast clear for the police to finally move in. The only problem is that Dean decides to get in there first, frantically trying to deal with the culprit himself.

As Dean's efforts go badly wrong, the kidnapper makes a dramatic getaway and takes revenge by trying to run the gang leader over.

With everyone desperate to get out of harm's way, Colby pulls out his gun and a shot is soon fired which could leave someone seriously injured, or worse. Will everyone make it out of the situation alive?

Tim added: "The kidnapper has an old grudge to settle. Someone may not make it out alive.

"Colby is put in a situation where the ones he loves are in great danger. There's only one choice he can make."

Home and Away will air these scenes in late May in the UK. The show airs at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5.

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