Kurt Benson defended his girlfriend, Ruth Osborne, against builder Spike, who was harassing Ruth. Kurt accidentally pushed Spike off the scaffolding, and he was injured when he fell on a sharp piece of rubble. Kurt was arrested and charged with attempted murder.
Kurt Benson, believing that nobody believed that he didn't intend to hurt Spike, decided to flee to Hull with Ruth Osborne in pursuit. There, Kurt and Ruth decided to marry.
Ollie Benson tried to comfort his friend, Lee Stanley, after he was rejected by Cindy Cunningham, who was pregnant with his child. Lee began drinking heavily and Ollie got in the car with him, with Tony Hutchinson and Bazil McCourtey trying to get Ollie to pull over. This was to no avail and a speeding Lee flipped the car to avoid a reversing lorry, smashing through the lorry's contents and hitting a large concrete block with the roof. Ollie and Stan died of their injuries in hospital a week later.
Dawn Cunningham was contacted by her daughter, Bethany Cunningham, whom she had put up for adoption after her birth in 1991. Bethany had kidney failure and Dawn was not a match, so she asked Bethany's father - revealing him to be Jack Osborne. Jack didn't know about Bethany, but he was a match.
Jude Cunningham and her friend, Maddie Parker, were kidnapped by their ex-boyfriend, Michael St. John Thomas and a siege ensued. Michael attempted to throw Jude off the roof, but was distracted by Maddie who was wearing the wedding dress that Michael bought her. Jude freed herself of Michael's clutches, pushing him off the roof in the process - the fall killing him.
Angela Williams struggled with the departure of her husband, Terry, and was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Jude Cunningham struggled to cope with the events surrounding the siege and drunkenly knocked over a candle in Maddie Parker's flat, causing a fire. Despite initially being trapped, the pair managed to make it out alive.
Dawn Cunningham began a relationship with Jambo Bolton, but was diagnosed with leukemia. On Christmas Day, Jambo proposed to Dawn on a boat ride and she accepted, but passed away in Jambo's arms shortly afterwards.
Tony Hutchinson and Julie Matthews got engaged, but whilst walking down the aisle, Julie realised that she couldn't marry Tony and ran out. Tony was thrilled as he was also having second thoughts.
Maddie Parker became extremely paranoid over her safety following the siege, installing several locks onto the front door and refusing to leave the flat. She and Jude Cunningham were nearly killed when Jude drunkenly knocked a candle over, starting a fire. They managed to escape but Maddie decided to move back with her mother upon realising that there were too many bad memories for her to remain in the village.
After the car accident in November 1996, Carol Groves began believing that she was psychic and had the ability to read people's auras.