Rumours are circulating that Sally's stint in prison could be over in the New Year...

Coronation Street’s Sally Metcalfe is set to spend Christmas behind bars – but her New Year is looking a bit brighter after she is set to be released from prison, according to reports.

Sources have told The Sun that Sally, who was jailed for four years for fraud, money laundering and bribery, will be freed in early 2019.

If the rumours are correct, Sally will leave prison after husband Tim turns detective and discovers conman Duncan Radfield is behind the £40,000 scam.

It transpires that Duncan’s wife May is not dead but living in Costa Rica, and he tricked Sally into handing over the council charity money so that he could send it to Central America.

A source said: “Corrie’s writers seem to have read up on John Darwin and written a similar story for the soap.

“Just like John’s fake death and eventual appearance in Panama, Duncan’s wife May ends up in somewhat similar circumstances.

“Tim rumbles Duncan’s plan and manages to clear Sally’s name.”

The action will unfold in the New Year.