DI Malone (played by Mark Womack) turned up in Emmerdale earlier this year and has been causing trouble for Will Taylor (Dean Andrews), Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) and Billy Fletcher (Jay Kontzle) ever since. The dodgy detective has been forcing the trio to carry out his ‘jobs’ and threatening to arrest them if they didn’t comply. Former undercover cop Harriet Finch (Katherine Dow Blyton) tried to warn Malone off but instead, the detective will make things very uncomfortable for the vicar and could strike up a romance with Wendy Posner (Susan Cookson).

Before arriving in the village, Harriet gathered evidence against Will while pretending to be his girlfriend but the couple has since reunited now the ex-con is trying to change his life around.

In recent ITV scenes, Harriet realised something wasn’t right with Will and contacted Malone for help but viewers suspected the pair had been more than just colleagues. 

Pulling the wool over her eyes, Malone told her he wasn’t aware Will was involved with any illegal activity and would keep her to date.

Meanwhile, Malone ordered Will to transport a huge drug shipment while setting Cain and Billy up as a distraction. 

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When Will realised what the detective had done, he warned the others and was beaten up by Malone’s henchmen.

Harriet finally discovered the truth and threatened to expose Malone if he didn’t leave her family and the village alone. 

The detective agreed but a spoiler clip for Friday’s instalment shows him deliberately making the vicar feel uncomfortable. 

Malone turns up at choir practise at the church and makes it clear he won’t be bullied by Harriet into disappearing. 

The clip begins with Vinny Dingle (Bradley Johnson) practising his solo for the choir before the rest of the group congratulate him on his impressive voice. 

Malone slips in at the back of the church leaving Harriet horrified but unable to make him leave. 

“Oh you can join if you like, we’re on the hunt for a bass,” Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy) remarks. 

“No, I’m tone-deaf,” Malone replies. “I just come here sometimes on my lunch just to think, I’m sorry to intrude.”

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But Wendy steps in and says: “No, you’re not intruding love,” before Nicola King (Nicola Wheeler) adds” Absolutely not.”

“I’m afraid you won’t get much thinking done here with this racket so you might want to make yourself scarce,” Harriet interjects.

“I’d rather stay if you don’t mind?” Malone asks.

“Well he’s not hurting anyone, is he?” Wendy adds while Harriet looks on uncomfortably. 

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“Right, well time’s ticking so let’s try it again from the beginning,” the vicar remarks. 

Wendy’s eagerness to see Malone stay while the choir practices could be a sign she’s interested in the detective.

Malone is a fan of playing mind games and exerting control over others so he may realise a romance with Wendy could have the double effect of making Harriet jealous and uncomfortable. 

Will the pair strike up a romance or will Harriet be able to convince Malone to leave the village for good? 

Emmerdale continues Wednesday on ITV at 7pm.

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