After Jay's home assessment discovers he is living with an underage Louise (now played by Tilly Keeper) at Phil's house, Derek visits Sharon Mitchell (Letitia Dean) and despite Sharon insisting that she and Phil trust Jay, Derek tells her if Jay does not move out, Louise may have to be taken into care as her needs come first.

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Derek returns in August after Honey reports Jay to the police for possession of drugs which he had been dealing, to reassess their living arrangements.

Derek tells Honey that he is concerned about her children's welfare due to the presence of the drugs and implies that Jay might be a danger to Janet and William, causing Jay to decide to move out of the flat.

In 2007, he investigates the death of Pauline Fowler (Wendy Richard) and subsequently arrests Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy) for her murder following the funeral.

He arrests May Wright (Amanda Drew) for abducting Summer Swann, and also Phil Mitchell (Steve Mc Fadden) on suspicion of murdering his fiancée Stella Crawford (Sophie Thompson).

He works on the design to renovate the pub itself, after Pat Evans (Pam St.

Clement) found a flea on the bar, though the regulars think the pub looks the same, and Peggy berates him for it.

Derek Evans is a social worker, played by Simon Lowe.

In March 2007, he visits Bert Atkinson (Dave Hill) and his grandson Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick), when Bert is trying to get a residency order for Jay to live with him permanently.

In July 2009, he visits Denise Wicks (Diane Parish) after Jordan Johnson's (Michael-Joel David Stuart) mother Trina (Sharon Duncan Brewster) reports her to the police, claiming that Denise has been abusing Jordan.