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MEL KIDNAPPED; EXCLUSIVE: Phil battles to save her from Dan's evil plot.

Byline: JAMES SCOTT

TERRIFIED Melanie Healey is to be kidnapped by hardman Dan Sullivan in a dramatic new EastEnders storyline.

Albert Square's bully boy takes her hostage in revenge for being framed over the shooting of Phil Mitchell.

He drags her off to a hideout and demands a ransom.

But Phil, played by Steve McFadden, is determined to help his former flame and agrees to deliver the ransom money.

Armed with a gun, he phones his old foe Dan (Craig Fairbrass) to arrange the hand-over.

Mel (Tamzin Outhwaite) had a fling with Phil shortly before her marriage to nightclub boss Steve Owen.

An EastEnders insider said: "This has be one of the most dramatic storylines we have ever filmed.

"Dan has vowed to get even with Phil and Steve for framing him over the shooting. Kidnapping Mel kills two birds with one stone.

"Although Mel and Phil have had their differences, he still harbours feelings for her."

And while she is a hostage, Dan cruelly tells her how husband Steve (Martin Kemp) has been unfaithful.

EastEnders bosses are keeping quiet over whether Dan will be convicted of trying to kill Phil.

Ex-girlfriend Lisa actually did the shooting. But instead of turning her in, Phil framed his enemy, Dan by telling police he had done it.

The kidnap drama will be screened in late August.

Tamzin, 30, is about to take a six-week break from EastEnders to star in the BBC's pounds 3million drama, Red Cap.

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ON TARGET: Phil Mitchell prepares to shoot; MOMENT OF TERROR: Dan leads Mel to a hideout Picture: JOHN FERGUSON; TENSE SCENES: Tamzin plays frightened Mel
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 27, 2001
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