Hollyoaks’ new serial killer has claimed their first victim at the Dee Valley University Hospital.

Soap bosses revealed last year that a new murderer – to be dubbed the Gloved Hand killer – would roam the corridors of the local hospital in 2015 preying on the weak and vulnerable.

And now Hollyoaks fans who tuned in to the E4 first look episode on New Year’s Eve will have seen Rick Spencer, played by Victor Gardener, become the first character to fall prey to the killer – who we already know will strike again.

Hollyoaks' Rick Spencer played by Victor GardenerHollyoaks’ Rick Spencer played by Victor Gardener (Lime Pictures)

The special hour-long episode saw Rick left in a critical condition after getting into a fight with youngest son Robbie Roscoe (Charlie Wernham), before older brother Joe Roscoe (Ayden Callaghan) stepped in and punched him.

Rick had just regained consciousness in hospital after being treated by doctors when an unidentified medical staff member was shown injecting him with potassium chloride.

The Roscoe family at ChristmasThere was tension between Rick Spencer and son Robbie Roscoe over the holidays (Lime Pictures)

After Doctor Savage, Celine McQueen, Tegan Lomax and Kim Butterfield were unable to resuscitate Rick, he was pronounced dead and Joe was arrested for murder.

Victor had been in the show for just over seven months, making his first appearance as Rick in May 2014.

Though soap bosses haven’t decided how many people will be killed off, the Gloved Hand killer is set to carry out his or her work throughout 2015, and they will not be unmasked for months.

Hollyoaks cast shotWho in Hollyoaks will be the next victim? (Lime Pictures)

Hollyoaks bosses have even built a new hospital set especially for the storyline.

Executive producer Bryan Kirkwood recently told Digital Spy: “We have a hospital set populated with characters and primed for a big gothic plot. We love a mystery, but this story won’t just be a whodunit, it will be a ‘who’s next?’ packed with tension and plenty of red herrings.”