Why is Victoria Barton leaving Emmerdale?

It’s been a harrowing few months for Victoria Barton (Isabel Hodgins) in Emmerdale.

Following her rape ordeal at the hands of Lee (Kris Mochrie), she’s now pregnant with his baby, but matters have been growing steadily more complicated ever since.

So much so that she’s now looking to leave the Dales for good – but why is she leaving?

Here’s what you need to know…

Why is Victoria Barton leaving Emmerdale?

Victoria is making plans to leave amid pressure from Lee and his mum Wendy over her unborn baby.

Recent episodes have seen Wendy make it clear to Victoria that she and Lee plan to fight for custody of the child – adding pressure to her already difficult situation.

With the stress mounting, she made plans to depart by the end of the week with Diane Sugden (Elizabeth Estensen), leaving Robert Sugden (Ryan Hawley) unhappy.

As Diane makes plans for the pair of them to leave, he is determined not to let his sister be driven out of her home – and is prepared to take drastic measures to get Lee out of her life.

The story is set to take another dramatic turn this week when Victoria is rushed to hospital following an argument with Matty (Ash Palmisciano) amid fears she will lose her baby.

Everything proves to be fine – and she sees her unborn child on a scan for the first time – but matters are further complicated when Lee returns to the scene and admits he wants no part in the baby’s life – and will leave Victoria alone if she gives him money and a public apology.

That’s not going to prove too popular with Robert, of course – but we’ll have to keep watching to see what his next move is.

Emmerdale airs weeknights on ITV at 7pm.

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