Coronation Street jailbirds: From innocent Sally Metcalfe to VERY guilty Jim McDonald

Poor Sally Metcalfe is languishing in prison on Coronation Street, as her family fight to get her out of prison once and for all.

It’s been a hard road for Sally, and with Gemma Winter’s twin brother Paul turning up as well, and the rumoured return of Clayton Hibbs, the cobbles will soon be covered in jailbirds.

Even some of the cleaner-cut Weatherfield residents have had to spend a bit of time in the slammer (we all remember when Gail Platt and Tracy Barlow were cellmates.)

But who are our favourite jailbirds and what did they do?

Jim McDonald

Coronation Street jailbirds: From innocent Sally Metcalfe to VERY guilty Jim McDonald

Jim had a tough time in prison
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It’s Jim McDonald, so it is! He did quite a few stretches inside over his time on the cobbles, for everything from dodgy schemes to manslaughter.

First, he attacked a gangster, Jez Quigley, who beat up Jim’s son Steve for testifying in court.

Jez later died from a ruptured spleen, and Jim handed himself in, getting eight years for manslaughter.

Later, when he feares his wife Liz was having an affair, he broke out of the prison with Steve’s help to find his beloved, and though they intended to sail away to Ireland as fugitivies, he was sent back to prison.

He was eligible for parole not long after but after he beat up his cellmate he was forced to stay inside.

Coronation Street jailbirds: From innocent Sally Metcalfe to VERY guilty Jim McDonald

Jim with Peter Barlow in the slammer
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Jim was eventually released but, as you may imagine, he didn’t stay on the outside for long after he tried to rob Lancashire and Fyle Building Society for £120,000.

It didn’t go well and he held those inside as hostages, until Liz came and talked him out of doing anything more, and he got another sentence of seven years.

He caused a lot of havoc from the inside, giving booze to alcoholic Peter Barlow and blackmailing Liz to come and visit him, but eventually he was released again.

Jim returned for revenge and tried to extort money from Liz, but in the end this scheme worked out as he was allowed to walk free.

Tracy Barlow

Coronation Street jailbirds: From innocent Sally Metcalfe to VERY guilty Jim McDonald

Tracy suffered in her relationship with Charlie

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Tracy Barlow was a tearaway teen and always had the potential to do some shocking things – but the murder of Charlie Stubbs was something else.

Charlie and Tracy had a pretty bad relationship, as he continued to cheat on her and refused to let her baby, Amy, move in with them, causing a huge amount of problems.

But rather than be defeated, Tracy manipulated Charlie and others into thinking she was being beaten by him, until he finally started to cotton on and ordered her to go.

Not wanting to be found out, she bludgeoned him and, a few days later, he died, despite her attempts to make it seem that it was all in self defence.

Coronation Street jailbirds: From innocent Sally Metcalfe to VERY guilty Jim McDonald

Gail wasn’t happy to see Tracy back on the cobbles after her release

Because of her work many people backed up Tracy’s version of events, but she was still found guilt and sentenced to life in prison,

She tried to get out early by framing Gail Platt, who ended up as her cellmate while on remand for the murder of her husband, Joe McIntyre, but sadly this didn’t come off.

But Tracy’s luck changed when her forensics expert was found to be a fraud, and she walked.

Deirdre Barlow

Coronation Street jailbirds: From innocent Sally Metcalfe to VERY guilty Jim McDonald

Poor Deirdre was innocent when she was locked up
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The apple didn’t fall far from the tree when it came to Tracy, as her mum, Deirdre, did some of her own deeds which landed her in jail.

Around the time Tracy was getting hitched to Robert Preston, Deirdre began a relationship with a bogus airline pilot, Jon Lindsay.

He treated her to an extravagant lifestyle, but really his deeds were funded by crime, which Deirdre was completely blind to.

But suddenly she found herself accused of fraud, and it turned out Jon had implicated Deirdre in a number of scams, portraying her as the brains behind the fraud.

She was tried and convicted to 18 months in prison but, when another victim of Jon’s came forward, she was released after the famed campaign "Free The Weatherfield One."

Anna Windass

Coronation Street jailbirds: From innocent Sally Metcalfe to VERY guilty Jim McDonald

Anna was locked up thanks to Pat Phelan
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Another victim of framing, poor Anna was framed by Pat Phelan of pushing Seb Franklin off a ladder.

Pat raped Anna in horrific circumstances and, to get revenge, Anna told his daughter, Nicola Rubinstein, that Pat had also raped her mother to conceive her.

Nicola disowned him, sending him into spin of vengeance, so he pushed Seb off a ladder and he almost died.

Coronation Street jailbirds: From innocent Sally Metcalfe to VERY guilty Jim McDonald

Anna was shocked to hear her son Gary was having a baby with Pat’s daughter Nicola
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Anna learned about Phelan’s plan to frame her, but he was one step ahead as he told Seb it was Anna who did the deed, and she was sentenced to five years in prison for attempted murder, after she tried to escape.

But she got her ultimate revenge when she stabbed him in the chest, and he died, while Anna moved to Durham to start a new life.

John Stape

Fiz Brown’s former husband John did some crazy things in his time on the cobbles, from kidnap to murder.

Coronation Street jailbirds: From innocent Sally Metcalfe to VERY guilty Jim McDonald

John disposed of his friend Colin’s body

First, after he and Fiz got together, he started an affair with Rosie Webster, which was the start of his crimes when he found Rosie outside a nightclub and stashed her into a taxi, keeping her hostage for a few weeks before Rosie attacked him to make an escape.

He was sentenced to two years in prison, but came out and reconciled with Fiz and they were married in the prison chapel.

John’s desire to be a teacher again got the better of him after he left, and he stole his friend’s identity to get back into the profession.

Colin started to extort money from John for this but, when Colin died, John just bundled his body away with the help of his former colleague, Charlotte.

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He tied up Rosie Webster in his final showdown
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Charlotte was obsessed with him and, later on, tried to force her to split up with Fix for her, but when John refused they got into a row and John hit her with a hammer, later giving the OK for her life support to be turned off, after he realised Charlotte had told everyone they were together.

John then did odd jobs for Colin’s mother, but killed her to stop her shouting for a neighbour when he confessed what he’d done to Colin.

Things went from bad to worse when Fiz’s brother Chesney and Charlott’e parents atarted trying to find out what had happened, and he tied them up in a cellar, before fleeing the street, only to return and kidnap Rosie once again.

He passed away after getting critical injuries, and met his daughter Hope before he finally died.

Sally Metcalfe

Coronation Street jailbirds: From innocent Sally Metcalfe to VERY guilty Jim McDonald

Sally was found guilty and was dragged away in tears
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Sally’s fate has been similar to Deirdre’s, as the falsely accused Mayor of Weatherfield has struggled to deal with her prison life.

She became mixed up with Duncan Radfield, who applied for a grant from the council to set up a charity in memory of his wife, May.

He manipulated Sally into extending the deadline for his application and into choosing his charity to get the money, after sending her flowers and following her around.

Coronation Street jailbirds: From innocent Sally Metcalfe to VERY guilty Jim McDonald

Sally had a hard time in prison

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Duncan begged for the money immediately as she found rehabilitation equipment which the charity greatly needed, meaning Sally sent the money without doing the proper checks as, in actual fact, Duncan was conning her and his organisation didn’t exist.

Sally was accused of fraud for this and Duncan made the jury believe she was the mastermind, claiming they were also having an affair.

Most recently, poor Sally was beaten up brutally in prison by other cellmates – but spoilers have revealed her luck may be changing and the mayor may be reinstated.

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