Charles continues to eat humble pie over his treatment of Alex. Yet soon we see Alex’s ears prick up to overhear Manpreet’s phone call about the surgery’s drug delivery. He soon makes a furtive phone call himself.

The next day, Alex struggles to keep his cool with a mystery caller. Oblivious Naomi and Charles are optimistic when he says he’s a job interview that day. But on the outskirts of the village as Chas is chatting to Belle she sees Alex handing cash to a mystery woman.

Later, when Alex comes into the Woolpack admitting his interview went well, Belle’s left with an agonising decision whether to tell Naomi about what Alex was actually doing. Chas backs up Belle’s sighting of Alex to a disbelieving Naomi. Naomi gears up to confront Alex. When Naomi catches Alex in a lie in the beer garden about the non-existent job interview, he promises to explain everything. And soon has an innocent explanation for his meeting with the mystery woman.

After introducing Clare and her son Max to Naomi, he explains he’s been helping her financially after meeting Max’s dad in prison. Back at Woodbine, after making sure everything’s good between him and Naomi, Alex makes an excuse and leaves. While Naomi feels like their relationship is more solid than ever. Alex meets up with mystery Clare again and it’s revealed his relationship with Naomi is a sham and he’s planning a robbery of the surgery.

The next day as Liam and Manpreet deal with issues due to the surgery’s closure due to the electrics being vandalised. Alex listens in with interest before stealing Manpreet’s surgery keys from her bag.

Soon armed with a crowbar, Alex lets himself into the surgery to look for the drugs. When Manpreet arrives at the surgery she is puzzled to find the front door open and heads for her office, unaware Alex is waiting for her with the crowbar raised.

Emmerdale airs these scenes from Monday March 20 on ITV1