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EastEnders hints at paedophile horror for Lily Slater as Theo plies her with secret cash

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THEO Hawthorne was first introduced as part of a new storyline involving his former pupil Freddie Slater.

However, next week, the EastEnders newcomer takes an interest in twelve-year-old Lily Slater. Could she be in danger?

Lily Slater is pregnant with Ricky Mitchell’s child

Theo Hawthorne is taking an interest in her

He was first introduced as Freddie Slater’s former school teacher

Lily Slater (played by Lillia Turner) is pregnant with her first child and has received the support of her mother Stacey.

But this means the young school girl has to adapt to adulthood in a short amount of time, much like Ricky Mitchell (Frankie Day) who was revealed to be the father of the baby.

Coming up on BBC One next week, Lily and Ricky are invited to meet with social services and the pair of them are worried about what to expect.

Later on, both of them try to come up with money-making schemes… and end up luring Theo Hawthorne (William Ellis) to Walford.

The newcomer was introduced earlier this year as Freddie Slater’s former school teacher.

But he’s recently been taking an interest in Lily and viewers are fearing the worst for her.

When Theo arrives, Lily tells him about their predicament and that she’s ready to sell the trainers he previously gifted her.

But Theo quickly reassures her and gives her some money, instructing her to tell her mother Stacey (Lacey Turner) the cash came Ricky doing odd jobs.

Lily is thrilled that she’s played him but should she be worried?

Theo made a few sporadic appearances in the London-based drama as Freddie Slater (Bobby Brazier) came to terms with his ADHD diagnosis.

Freddie first mentioned Theo or Mr Hawthorne when he revealed one of his teachers picked on him in school and called him names.

Theo apologised when he was confronted with Freddie and brought him closure by suggesting he could have ADHD.

But theories have since been circulating online as Theo could become a more prominent character.

While many viewers are expecting a dark twist for Lily, other have grown convinced Theo may have sent Stacey a risky offer on Secret Cam which saw her showing her face on the platform.

What is Theo hiding?

EastEnders airs from Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

Theo gifted Lily with trainers

But could he have something sinister in mind?