08/10/2014 07:15 BST | Updated 08/10/2014 11:59 BST

‘EastEnders' Rape Storyline Receives Over 200 Complaints As Charity Praises Controversial Plot (VIDEO)

The BBC has received 278 complaints following Monday night’s episode of ‘EastEnders’, in which Linda Carter was raped by Dean Wicks.

However, while a number of viewers aren’t happy, the storyline has been praised by Rape Crisis, whose South London branch worked with the cast on the episode.

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The show have released a statement defending the episode, which reads: “‘EastEnders’ has a rich history of tackling difficult issues and Linda’s story is one of these.

“We have worked closely with Rape Crisis and other experts in the field to tell this story which we hope will raise awareness of sexual assaults and the issues surrounding them.”

“We have been extremely mindful of the content within the episode and the timeslot in which it was shown and at no point have there been any scenes of a graphic nature. In fact, the attack on Linda was implied and was not explicit.”

Kellie Bright, who stars as Linda, was praised by fans for her portrayal of the Queen Vic Landlady, with many taking to Twitter to praise the actress.

The storyline will develop in the coming months and it has been confirmed that Dean won’t stand trial for the crime.

In this week’s episodes, Linda’s mother Elaine will arrive in Walford, however, the pub landlady is set to keep the incident a secret.

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