In 1985 Nick Bates first appeared when his mother Caroline rented Victoria Cottage off NY Estates, whom Caroline worked for at their Home Farm branch. Nick became friends with Archie Brooks and Jackie Merrick. He briefly dated Sally Newman in 1987. Nick often caused trouble and wound local landlord Amos Brearly up. In February 1988 Nick started skiving off school. He was rejected from college and became quite erratic due to this. In June that year he foiled a raid on the local shop but took some of the money. He felt guilty. Nick dated Claire Sutcliffe. Later on he told a few people and word got round to Eric Pollard and Phil Pearce. They tried to blackmail him. In December 1988, Nick said he had something on Phil and Eric as they were involved in a robbery at Home Farm and blackmailed Nick into helping them. So they were even.
Nick later met and married Elsa Feldmann. However, Nick and Elsa's relationship was becoming rocky, and in 1991 Nick witnessed Elsa verbally abuse Alice several times, plus they also had several rows. Elsa then decided that motherhood wasn't for her as it prevented her social life, and she departed Beckindale in 1991, leaving Nick to bring up Alice on his own. However, Nick was aided in fatherhood by best friend Archie, who had become a full-time childminder.
However, in December 1993, Nick and Archie were caught up in the plane crash which claimed Archie's life and left Nick temporarily blind. Nick was in hospital for a while and when he was discharged, he learned that Elsa had returned and was suing for custody again. This time, she was saying that he and the late Archie were lovers and neglected Alice. However, the court did not believe Elsa and Nick was awarded full custody of Alice, while Elsa again left Beckindale.
In March 1996 Nick was determined to catch some poachers. They even tied him to a tree and shoved a fish in his mouth. In April 1996, Nick accidentally shot and killed Jed Connell a poacher at Home Farm.
Nick was later charged with manslaughter and sent to prison for ten years.
In 2001 Kathy said that Nick is still serving his prison sentence.
Birthday: 3rd September 1969
Full Name: Nicholas Malcolm Bates
Father Malcolm Bates
Mother Caroline Bates
Grandmothers Alice Wood
Children Alice Bates (1991)