Saturday 24 February 2018

Soap fans think Ian murdered Lucy

Lucy's father Ian is the top suspect among EastEnders viewers
Lucy's father Ian is the top suspect among EastEnders viewers

If anyone is best qualified to identify Lucy Beale's murderer, it is true EastEnders fans.

They have seen everything which has been going on in Albert Square before and after her death and are best placed to spot the clues.

So the Press Association asked 1,000 viewers who they thought was guilty. And one suspect stands out above all the others.

Lucy's own father Ian Beale was named the number one suspect by 15.5% of those polled.

That puts him almost five percentage points ahead of Lucy's ex-lover Max Branning, who racked up 10.6% of the votes.

And in third place in the poll - carried out online by Usurv on Monday - was Lucy's brother Peter Beale, who 9.2% of voters believe to be guilty.

All three are likely suspects. Ian argued with Lucy the night before she died, Peter resented her for being their dad's favourite child as well as supplying her with drugs, and Max turned nasty when she tried to end their affair.

Ben Mitchell, Jane Beale and Abi Branning all racked up a reasonable amount of votes too. Abi was angry about Lucy's affair with her father Max, while Ben has previously murdered Heather Trott.

Jane was supposed to be in Cardiff at the time of the murder, but her reappearance after Lucy's death has raised suspicion.

Bookmakers William Hill currently have Jane and Ian's son Bobby Beale as the favourite culprit, with odds 4/1 - despite him only being 11 years old. Jane is second favourite with odds of 9/2.

Ian's odds stand at 14/1 so some viewers could be set to make a tidy sum.

:: The truth will finally be revealed on Thursday.

Press Association

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