Emmerdale fans fear Laurel Thomas has made a devastating mistake

FROM ITV STRICT EMBARGO Print media - No Use Before Tuesday 28th February 2023 Online Media - No Use Before 0700hrs Tuesday 28th February 2023 Emmerdale - Ep 9620 Wednesday 8th March 2023 Marshall [MAX FLETCHER] is tearful and panicked as his dad strides over. Colin [MARK NOBLE] surprises her and Marshall, by wrapping his son in his arms and hugging him tightly. When Colin says all the right things about allowing Marshall to remain at Hotten Academy and maintain his friendship with Arthur, Laurel Thomas’ [CHARLOTTE BELLAMY] relieved to have seemingly made a breakthrough. Picture contact - [email protected] Photographer - Mark Bruce This photograph is (C) ITV and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itv.com/presscentre/itvpictures/terms

EMMERDALE fans have been left fearing the worst after Laurel Thomas made a devastating mistake.

The restaurant manager – who is played by actress Charlotte Bellamy in the ITV soap – discovered how son Arthur had been helping friend Marshall hide from his abusive and homophobic father.

Fans watched on as Marshall’s dad was called in by Laurel

Arthur was left devastated after finding out

He begged her to not send him home but in the end Laurel had no choice.

She summoned Marshall’s dad Colin and engineered a reunion – which seemed to go well with Colin embracing his son.

But after Laurel filled Arthur in on what happened, he was horrified.

“He’s gone home, Colin came to pick him up,” she said.

Laurel proudly boasted that she’d got Colin to see sense and let Marshall stay in school with his friends and keep his friendship with Arthur.

“He’d never do that, he’s massively homophobic,” Arthur said also revealing how Marshall hadn’t text him all afternoon since reuniting with his dad.

“He’ll never change his mind in one day.”

As Laurel and Jai tried to calm him down, Arthur told them: “He called me a disgusting little pervert and warned me not to touch his son.

“It was horrible and embarrassing. He hasn’t changed, he never will. He’s just making you think that.

“The last time Colin was upset with him he made him quit school. This punishment’s going to be way worse. Mum, what have you done?”

Laurel said: “I think I’ve made a huge mistake.”

And viewers agreed, terrified for Marshall with his dad.

One wrote: “I think she has made a huge mistake, he’s still horrible, and was always Mr Nice Guy act… Let’s see tomorrow.”

A second said: “Oh Laurel, what have you done?!”

Another added: “Made a mistake? Too right you have Laurel.”

Laurel looked to have understood she made a mistake