Coronation Street fans chilled to the bone as Todd Grimshaw is haunted by Pat Phelan beyond the grave

CORONATION Street fans were left chilled to the bone as Todd Grimshaw was haunted by the spectre of Pat Phelan.

The serial killer terrorised the cobbles for almost five years before his crimes were exposed and his wife Eileen Grimshaw pushed him into the sea.

However, tonight’s episode of Corrie made clear that Pat’s reign of terror isn’t over just yet.

Eileen called round at the Undertakers to check on her son Todd following an altercation with Paul’s mother Bernie that morning.

But she got more than she bargained for when Todd burst up from the basement carrying an urn and shouting: “What the hell is this, George? You absolute…”

Todd fell silent when he spotted Eileen standing there and covered the label on the urn, claiming he’d seen a huge spider in the basement.

But when Eileen scarpered, Todd made clear what he’d actually discovered.

“I don’t get jumpy at spiders," Todd said, "[but] I do at serial killers!

“Particularly ones that used to be married to my mum! Why have you got Pat Phelan’s ashes?” he asked.

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“Look, I wrote to his daughter Nicola, and she didn’t reply. I keep meaning to tell Eileen but there’s never a good moment,” George explained.

“Can’t just sit there forever, 50 yards away from the woman he terrorised,” Todd insisted.

At that moment Todd moved to get rid of the ashes, telling George that he was going to flush them down the toilet.

“Todd, no, stop. Despite who he was in life, I firmly believe that all human remains deserve respect,” George said.

“These don’t, believe me. He was a monster.”

But George wouldn’t listen and insisted on keeping the ashes for his “professional standards”.

Corrie fans were left baffled.

One said: "How was Pat Phelan's ashes in his shop when it wasn't there three years ago! #coronationstreet"

Another added: "The return of Pat Phelan LOL. #coronationstreet."

A third chimed in: "What?!? How is Pat Phelan back? Not again haha. #Corrie"

Viewers will remember evil Pat’s reign of terror, which ran from 2013 to 2014, saw him blackmail Owen Armstrong and Gary Windass before forcing Anna Windass into having sex with him. 

He returned in 2016 and married Todd’s mother Eileen Grimshaw while committing numerous crimes, including a string of murders. 

He even tried to kill his daughter Nicola Rubinstein before being murdered by Eileen in 2018. 

Actor Tony Maudsley, who plays George, recently hinted at a shock return for murderer Pat Phelan.

He revealed: ​​“George is innocent, he gets embroiled in it. 

“He hides something from Eileen which gives her the biggest shock of her life; I don’t know why he doesn’t expect such a big reaction. 

“Yes, he is landed in hot water, poor George. This does involve one of Eileen’s most murderous old flames.”

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