Arnie Scanlan was a fellow-inmate of Les Battersby's when he was sentenced to serve six months at Strangeways Jail in 2003 for assaulting PC Mick Hopwood, a charge for which he was entirely innocent. Les swore revenge on Mick and fellow copper Emma Watts who had backed up his false testimony in court. Hearing that Emma and Curly had plans to move to Newcastle, Les thought he had lost his chance of getting even but Arnie, who was being released, offered to try and help delay the sale, after Les had turned down his offer to personally settle the score with Emma.
Arnie turned up at 7 Coronation Street posing as Mr. Poole, a potential purchaser of the house. He offered Curly £500 over the asking price on the condition that it was taken off the market immediately, claiming he had been gazumped previously and needed the house for his pregnant daughter. The offer was gratefully accepted and Arnie then span out the "deal" as long as he could. After a few days, a surveyor turned up to look over the house but he was another con - Sean Wakefield, who was paid £100 by Kirk Sutherland to carry out the task. The plan fell down when Arnie was seen coming out of No. 7, where he had supposedly been measuring up, and was spotted by Mick who knew him as a burglar on parole who had been in prison with Les. Emma and Curly were warned and on his next visit Emma made it clear to Arnie that she was on to his games and suggested he gave up the attempt. Arnie visited Les in jail and told him that his ruse had failed but ironically he had fallen for the property and returned to the Watts's offering them £5,000 over the asking price and with a £10,000 deposit in cash in a holdall. Having been bitten once already, Curly and Emma didn't believe Arnie's genuine story and threw him out.
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