Married to Kev (albeit not entirely legally) Veronica Ball thought she and her husband were rough until they met their neighbours - the Gallaghers.

Desperately wanting a child, Veronica has attempted IVF and adoption on many occasions, with finances usually standing in the way.

After hearing that Sheila's first husband, Sheldon, was buried with his medallions, Veronica literally becomes a gold-digger, discovering two nasty surprises on finding the body. One: Sheldon had been stabbed. Two: the medallions are fakes.

Convincing her friend Sheila not to turn herself in to the police, Veronica herself falls foul of the Romanian coppers while attempting to buy an orphan. Six years of jail-time later, she and Kev relocate to Nottingham.