Frank Linch was the patient cellmate of Les Battersby in Strangeways Jail when he was imprisoned for six months in May 2003 for assaulting policeman Mick Hopwood, a charge for which he was totally innocent. Frank had to listen to Les's constant complaints about the injustice done to him and the rambled imaginings about the Home Secretary getting involved in his case. Later on in the day, Les was delighted to be told that he would be released the following day for good behaviour and he swore to Frank that he would be taking his revenge on Mick and fellow copper Emma Watts for what they had done to him.