Lucy Benson struggled to come to terms with Ollie Benson's death, and Rob Hawthorne began giving her tranquillisers to help with her grief. She became addicted, so Rob began giving her heroin and overdosed her. He attempted to throw Lucy off the roof of a car park but was stopped and Lucy was rushed to hospital.
Kurt Benson vowed revenge on Rob Hawthorne for attempting to murder Lucy Benson, and as Rob tried to flee to France, Kurt followed. He managed to jump onto Rob's speedboat and a fight ensued, in which Rob fell into the ocean and Kurt left him for dead.
The Cunningham family were shocked to learn of Cindy Cunningham's baby. Cindy suffered from post-natal depression and attempted to leave Holly. However, her father, Gordon Cunningham, tried to make her accept her responsibilities as a mother. Cindy attempted to suffocate Holly, but was stopped by her sister, Jude Cunningham. The incident made Cindy realise how much she loved Holly.
Jude Cunningham struggled with the death of her sister, Dawn Cunningham, and turned to drink again. Jude later got involved in the dodgy deals of her first cousin, once removed, Benny. The scheme went wrong and Jude fled the country, devastating her family.
Dennis Richardson was furious to learn that his daughter, Mandy Richardson was dating Sol Patrick, and raped her. Mandy went missing, but was found by Lewis Richardson, and she revealed that she had run away because Dennis raped her. Lewis encouraged and supported Mandy as she went to the police, and, despite Dennis trying to convince Mandy to drop the charges, Dennis was sentenced to seven years imprisonment.
Rob Hawthorne took advantage of Lucy Benson's grief over the death of her brother, Ollie Benson, and got Lucy hooked onto tranquillisers and heroin before attempting to throw her off the roof of a multi-storey car park. He fled to France but Kurt Benson followed him and they had a fight on a boat. Rob fell into the ocean and Kurt sped off, and Rob was presumed dead.