PAUL Foreman was looking forward to celebrating one last Christmas with his family before his motor neurone disease gets the last word.

Unfortunately for him, justice knocks on his door next week in Coronation Street as another resident is thrown in prison.

The builder played by Peter Ash is eager to make some last happy memories as his condition slowly but surely worsens.

As ITV viewers will recall, Paul was given a prognosis in recent scenes of the Manchester-based soap and only has six to twelve months to live due to his motor neurone disease (MND) rapidly taking over.

Unable to work due to the loss of his mobility, he still made sure he was able to walk down the aisle and tie the knot with his partner Billy Mayhew (Daniel Brocklebank) in history-making scenes.

But with Christmas fast approaching, Paul has been just as keen to celebrate the holiday one last time surrounded by all of his loved ones.

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Unfortunately for him, one family member has decided to steer away from the straight and narrow, bringing devastation to Paul's last few months.

This has prompted the Winter-Browns to have an early Christmas as the prospect of prison for one member of the clan becomes more of a reality.

Coming up next week, the family are devastated when Paul's mother Bernie Winter (Jane Hazlegrove) is sentenced to three months behind bars.

There's no way out for Bernie either as she's told that she has to serve at least half of her sentence meaning that she will, most definitely, miss out on Paul's last ever Christmas.

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Could she make sure he also gets some of the blame?

Bernie shocked soap fans when she was charged for handling stolen goods following a scheme mostly elaborated by the late Shelly Rossington, who also suffered from motor neurone disease.

At the time, Bernie was keen to make as much money as possible as she grew increasingly concerned for her cash-strapped son Paul.

But this backfired on her and, in earlier scenes of Coronation Street, she was sentenced to a custodial sentence, despite Paul's pleas affirming that he was dying.

Gemma and Paul both worried that Bernie could wind up in prison for six months – will they find relief in her only being sentenced to three, despite this eradicating all hopes she'll be present for Paul's last Christmas?

Off-screen, viewers have speculated Bernie could do a runner in an attempt to do right by her son.

What new scheme could she come up with?

While this remains to be seen, Bernie isn't the only member of the family to encounter trouble.


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When Gemma finds some painkillers, she hears a knock at the door and she's taken aback to be met with child protection officer Caitlin.

The latter takes the scene and is deeply unimpressed.

Gemma is accused of poisoning Joseph Brown (William Flanagan) after the youngster complained of several headaches.

Could she face repercussions down the line?

Coronation Street airs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8pm on ITV.

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