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Emmerdale's Belle left devastated over Lisa's ashes

The following article references coercive control and domestic violence.

Emmerdale spoilers follow.

Tom King's latest abusive behaviour has devastated wife Belle in Emmerdale.

The abuser continues to exert more control over his spouse, having most recently ruined her first day working at Take A Vow because he was jealous of her client.

Tom keyed the client's car and then warned him that Take A Vow owner Leyla was siphoning off her clients' money for her cocaine habit.

The couple attended Marlon Dingle's birthday party in Thursday's (March 21) double bill, where Tom slipped up and revealed he'd seen the client's car.

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Belle questioned Tom on whether he'd been the one to scare off her client, pointing out that he'd not been keen on her getting a job in the first place.

"That's not a normal thing to think, Belle," Tom insisted. "I wish you trusted me as much as I trust you."

The family soon arrived and it was time for Marlon's party, but Tom stormed out after witnessing drama between Paddy and Mandy. Belle covered for him with the family, claiming Tom was having work stress. Back at home, Tom lashed out at Belle for putting her career and family before their marriage.

"You make a massive cock-up at work but it can't be your fault. It has to be mine," he insisted. "Can you imagine me messing up at my job and coming home, blaming you?"

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He likened Belle to a "human pinball" who was "bouncing around from one stupid mistake to the next". In a moment of frustration, he kicked the urn at his feet and splattered Belle's mum Lisa's ashes all over the place.

Tom turned the tables on Belle, blaming her for the urn being destroyed because she'd upset him. Belle was conflicted over what to do, so she told her family she'd accidentally broken the urn.

All the while, Tom was thrilled to see that his wife was lying to her family to protect him…

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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), New Beginnings Peer Support (www.newbeginningspeersupport.com) 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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