Dramatic start to the New Year for the cast of Emmerdale

THIS is the dramatic moment Paul and Ivan are confronted by a gang of homophobic thugs in a gripping start to 2006 for TV's Emmerdale.

Anger erupts when the pair head off together to collect Ivan’s belongings from his ex-wife Jordan (Erin Shanagher).

She assumes they are an item and laughs at the pair.

But things go from bad to worse for Ivan (Daniel Brocklebank) and Paul (Mathew Bose).

Paul returns to the van to find a group of youths spraying homophobic taunts across the vehicle. He stands up to them but panics after realising he is outnumbered. Ivan goes to help but how far will they go? The episode will be screened on Sunday 1 January, at 7pm, on ITV 1.