Medb Ruane: Wayne's a chump with feet of magic. But he's nothing without the love of Coleen
It begins in an east Liverpool council estate during the Blair years. Coleen's biography paints Croxteth as a Catherine Cookson kind of place, with "long-derelict buildings, windows blinded by boarding, masked by grim, corrugated sheets of steel; empty, vandalised shops are imprisoned behind barbed wire and the ominous buzz of police helicopters is often heard overhead".
She's smart, our girl. Wayne, her fella, is a chump with magic feet. They're both aged 12 when they meet. Later, he does it with prostitutes, begs her pardon, tattoos her name on his left arm and pops the question. Coleen forgives him 'cos he promises to never go there again.
But he breaks his word (allegedly), with a Bolton-based escort called Jennifer Thomson who charges him £1,200 a tussle, while Coleen is home alone -- and pregnant with their son, Kai.