EastEnders’ Ricky Butcher will soon be caught by police kerb crawling in dodgy red light district.
The Walford mechanic – played by Sid Owen – will try to convince cops to overlook his misdemeanour’s when they assume he is looking to score a cheap thrill with a working girl, when in fact he is looking for his step-daughter Whitney Dean.
Rather than being on the prowl for sex, kind-hearted Ricky is on a desperate mission to find troubled Whitney (Shona McGarty), who has been led into prostitution by his conniving sister Janine (Charlie Brooks).
With Whitney already hooked on drink and drugs after hooking up with evil pimp Rob Grayson (Jody Latham), who forces her to turn to the dangerous streets to work, her stepdad could be the only one to save her from his clutches.
According to the Daily Star newspaper, in scenes which are to be aired next month, a heartbroken Ricky will be close to tears as he frantically attempts to save Whitney from a life of prostitution.
However, if the devoted dad is hoping Bianca will save the day by arriving back on the scene, he could be waiting a while, as actress Patsy Palmer has admitted she is in no rush to return to the BBC One soap.
Speaking on ‘Piers Morgan’s Life Stories’ TV series, Patsy – who gave birth to her fourth child Bertie in December – said: “I don’t miss it. At the moment I’m being a mum and that’s the job I want to do, so I don’t miss being at work. I don’t know when I’m going back.
“You could be watching it one minute then it’s your funeral the next. You never know.”