Home and Away's Dean faces upsetting police quiz in surprise new story
Home and Away spoilers follow for UK viewers.
Home and Away's Dean Thompson faces police questioning on UK screens next week after Bree Cameron gets the wrong idea over his relationship with Ziggy Astoni.
Dean faces some upsetting suspicions when a trip to the hospital with Ziggy has an unexpected outcome.
Upcoming scenes on Channel 5 see Ziggy get rushed off for emergency medical attention after falling down the stairs at local restaurant Salt.
As Dean fears for the health of Ziggy and their unborn baby, Bree takes charge with getting them checked out.
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Tests later show that Ziggy and the baby will both be fine. However, with Dean and Ziggy clearly both anxious over the situation, Bree misinterprets the strained dynamic between them as something more sinister.
Bree also spots that Ziggy has bruises on her leg, so she starts discreetly asking questions about her home life.
With Bree fearful that Dean could be abusing Ziggy, she calls the police to report him for domestic violence.
Ziggy is horrified as policeman Cash Newman arrives at the hospital to investigate Bree's mistaken suspicions against Dean.
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Dean tries to push past Cash to support an upset Ziggy in her hospital room. This forces Cash to de-escalate the situation by taking Dean down to the police station.
Ziggy and Mackenzie Booth both try to convince Bree that she has got it wrong. Bree defends her stance, claiming that Dean seemed aggressive and controlling around Ziggy.
Bree even suggests that Dean could have deliberately pushed Ziggy down the stairs at Salt. This is the final straw for Ziggy, who kicks Bree out and demands another doctor.
Cash questions Dean at the police station but later lets him go, warning that he can't see Ziggy until the investigation is over.
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Later, outside the Surf Club, Bree overhears Dean's obvious care for Ziggy as he catches up with Mack. She starts to realise that she has made a terrible mistake.
Bree's friend and love interest Remi Carter helps her to realise that she has inadvertently projected her own traumatic situation onto Ziggy and Dean's relationship. Bree's husband Jacob has been abusive towards her throughout their marriage.
Taking this on board, Bree seeks out Cash and tells him that she was wrong about Dean – and shares the reasons why.
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Bree tells Cash that she'd like to report Jacob for domestic violence. She's pleased when Cash is supportive, promising that an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) will be filed against Jacob, banning him from having any contact with her.
Later, with Dean still seething after being forced to spend a night away from Ziggy, Remi steps in to explain why Bree got it so wrong. Can Dean, Ziggy and Bree move on from this misunderstanding?
Home and Away airs these scenes on Monday, February 6, Tuesday, February 7 and Wednesday, February 8 at 1.45pm on Channel 5 and 6pm on 5STAR. First-look screenings air at 6.30pm on 5STAR and the show also streams on My5.
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If you've been affected by any of the issues raised in this story, organisations including Refuge (www.refuge.org.uk) and Women's Aid (www.womensaid.org.uk) can provide further support and information. The 24-hour, freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline is 0808 2000 247. The US National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), or text LOVEIS to 22522.
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