Richard ties up Gail, Sarah, David and Bethany with gaffer tape and puts them in the car in the garage. He leaves a written confession in an envelope on the side in the living room. He explains to Gail that he always wants to be by her side and that he loves her and the kids. Gail realises that Richard is intent on a suicide pact and fears for the worst. They are all in the car in the garage and Richard switches on the engine. Audrey calls round to see Gail, there's no reply. Audrey is concerned. Martin comes over and they hear the running engine in the garage and realise that Richard is trying to kill the whole family. Tommy and Kevin force the garage door open. Richard in desperation drives at them. Tommy, Kevin and Martin give chase in another car. Katy phones the police. Norris who's seen the whole thing tells everyone in the Rovers what's going on. Sarah and David manage to cut themselves free with some nail scissors, but it's too late; Richard drives to the canal-side and straight off the end. The car plunges into the canal. In the murky depths of the water the kidnapped occupants desperately struggle to escape.


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Notable dialogue

Richard Hillman: "It's them out there that want to hurt us. They'll never leave us alone. They'll never let us get on with our lives. And if we can't live together as a family then the only choice is we'll die together as a family."


Richard Hillman: (Just prior to the car hitting the water) "This is it... I love you."

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