EastEnders" Derek Branning screams in pain after he is run off the road and hunted down by gang of men

SPOILER ALERT: EastEnders' Derek Branning screams in pain after he is run off the road and hunted down by gang of men

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06:28 GMT, 2 October 2012

As Walford's resident hard man he has never shown any signs of being scared at all.

But, Derek Branning looks absolutely terrified as he runs in fear away from a gang of thugs intent on causing him harm.

The shocking scenes show the bad boy of EastEnders fleeing for his life after a fast paced car chase ends with Derek begging for mercy before receiving a beating.

Run for your life: Derek Branning gets followed and chased by a gang of thugs in an upcoming episode of EastEnders

Run for your life: Derek Branning gets followed and chased by a gang of thugs in an upcoming episode of EastEnders

It is not known who the menacing guys are or why they are in hot pursuit of Derek but the expressions on their faces suggest they aren't friendly.

The scene begins with Derek, played by actor Jamie Foreman, driving his silver Audi car around town rather casually and relaxed.

The tension quickly picks up once he realises that he is being followed, not very subtly, by a BMW 5 Series.

Road rage: Derek was driving his silver Audi when he realised he was being followed by the men in a BMW

Road rage: Derek was driving his silver Audi when he realised he was being followed by the men in a BMW

On the lamb: After being run off the road Derek pulls up in a cul-de-sac and has to flee from the thugs on foot

On the lamb: After being run off the road Derek pulls up in a cul-de-sac and has to flee from the thugs on foot

Here come the boys: The unidentified three men did not have very happy expressions on their faces

Here come the boys: The unidentified three men did not have very happy expressions on their faces

Sensing that he could be in some serious trouble the wide-eyed Branning puts the peddle to the floor and zooms off in an attempt to lose the other car.

However, he is unable to shake them and the two vehicles begin a dangerous set of movements around the small congested roads.

Despite Derek's best efforts he is unable to getaway from them and he swerves down a road he believes will be his saving grace but is in fact a cul-de-sac.

Running home: Derek was making good ground but was unable to fully get away from the thugs

Running home: Derek was making good ground but was unable to fully get away from the thugs

Gang story: Derek tried and failed to get away from the three men but he put a good fight for his size

Gang story: Derek tried and failed to get away from the three men but he put a good fight for his size

Sweat it out: It is not clear why the men were chasing Derek or who sent them but they were close to getting their men

Sweat it out: It is not clear why the men were chasing Derek or who sent them but they were close to getting their men

Desperate and running out of ideas the trapped Derek jumps out of his car and legs it down an underpass as the gang chase after him.

With his portly frame weighing him down, his three pursuers easily catch up to him and manage to wrestle him down to the ground.

As the camera pans away from Derek, nothing can be heard but his loud screams as the gang dish out some punishment and the trademark drums of the EastEnders theme tune begin .

While it is known who the guys are or why they have been told target Derek, this grizzly scene could be his last.

The final stretch: As Derek fled down an underpass the guys chased him down the stairs and caught him

The final stretch: As Derek fled down an underpass the guys chased him down the stairs and caught him