Paul Ashdale (Reece Dinsdale) violently lashes out at son Vinny (Bradley Johnson) in Emmerdale tonight (October 21).

Paul has promised Vinny that he’s no longer gambling, and has been seeking help from support groups and regularly chatting to his sponsor.

In reality, he’s been gambling repeatedly, and — in a desperate attempt to retrieve the money he lost — he stole Ellis Chapman’s (Aaron Anthony) watch, which the young man received as a birthday gift from dad Al (Michael Wildman).

In tonight’s episode, a fight soon breaks out between Billy Fletcher (Jay Kontzle) and Ellis, forcing Paul to intervene.

The watch later materialises, and Vinny’s suspicions are raised as a result. The young lad wastes little time in investigating the matter, and accuses his dad of stealing the watch.

Paul is incredibly defensive regarding the matter, and reacts violently — lashing out at his son! Vinny is left battered and in pain, as Paul hightails it out of there.

Will Vinny be okay?

Speaking about the scenes in question, actor Bradley Johnson — who plays Vinny — said: ‘I think there’s a lot of anger, so when he confronts him and shouts his mouth off to his dad, his dad doesn’t take it too well.

‘His dad wants the happy ever with Mandy and son, but Vinny knows about his gambling again and he thinks he’s taken the watch, so I don’t think Paul isn’t going to take it nicely.

‘He really hurts him. Vinny’s pushing for answers, and Paul doesn’t know what to say. He’s got him in this corner and he won’t back down, and Paul just loses it. He beats Vinny in the scrapyard and leaves him in a pretty bad place.’

‘Paul reacts in a really bad way, and he lets his anger get the worst of him. We see a really dark side to Paul. We see him hit Vinny. Vinny is absolutely shocked, and his whole world comes crashing down on him.

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