Furious Emmerdale fans issue demand to ITV bosses over Belle and Tom abuse storyline

Tom King continues to torment Belle Dingle but Emmerdale viewers have had enough of the coercive control storyline.

After pushing her into a lifelong commitment and trying to coerce her into having a baby, despite her wish to focus on her career, the treacherous son of Carl King has physically abused his bride. However, this week, he managed to convince fellow villagers that he was Belle's victim all along and even used her mental health issues against her.

An overwhelmed Belle (portrayed by Eden Taylor-Draper) unfortunately and unwillingly aided him as she pushed Tom (James Chase) over in the village in front of other residents. While they have feared for Belle's well-being, viewers have since asked bosses to end the upsetting storyline.

furious emmerdale fans issue demand to itv bosses over belle and tom abuse storyline

Tom King

furious emmerdale fans issue demand to itv bosses over belle and tom abuse storyline

Emmerdale

Fans of the Yorkshire-based drama swarmed over to social media, more particularly X, otherwise as Twitter, to beg soap bosses to end Belle's torment, dubbing the storyline "awful" as one penned: "Writers we need the Tom storyline wrapped up ASAP"

The same social media user later added: "Not sure how much of this Tom storyline I can take." Another TV watcher chimed in: "This Tom and Belle story is just awful to watch, now he's the victim." A third viewer was enraged when villagers believed Tom was being abused by Belle, despite his outbursts at home and in his work place at the vet surgery: "Christ why are they all believing Tom."

One fan commented: "I can’t wait until Tom and his really bad hair have been outed as the nasty, manipulative horrible human that he’s turned out to be." Elsewhere, another viewer suggested: "they should bring back medieval torture for Tom."

This isn't the first time viewers have asked for the vet to be exposed for his horrible treatment of Belle. Last week, after difficult pre-watershed scenes which saw Tom viciously punch Belle in the stomach, one soap fan wrote: "When is this abusive, gaslighting k*** going to get his comeuppance?"

Emmerdale bosses have given no details regarding Tom's possible downfall, which has prompted viewers to speculate he could be found out by some of Belle's nearest and dearest. Her half-brother Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) was notably suspicious of a robbery at Dale Head which, unbeknownst to anybody in the eponymous village, had been staged by Tom all along.

Vinny Dingle (Bradley Johnson) also seemed to be suspicious of Tom as he shares a strong friendship with Belle, making him another potential support for her. His mother Mandy (Lisa Riley) has recently argued with the Take A Vow wedding planner as Tom manipulated his wife to isolate herself from her loved ones. Could this contribute to Vinny's suspicions about Tom?

Elsewhere, Vanessa Woodfield (Michelle Hardwick) has also seen Tom's nasty side at the vet surgery and was shocked by his angry and abrasive behaviour. Will she realise Belle is in danger?

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