Jeremy McConnell's friends think his prison sentence will be good for him.

Jeremy McConnell

Jeremy McConnell

The former 'Celebrity Big Brother' star will spend the next 18 weeks behind bars after he breached his community order by going off to Turkey without permission to get a hair transplant and new teeth earlier this month but, despite spending the festive season locked up, his pals hope it will force him to lay off the drugs and alcohol.

A source told The Sun Online: "We're all stunned - no one thought he would be getting jailed today. But going to prison could be the best thing for Jeremy. There's no booze, no wild parties - a chance for him to think about what he's going to do with his life.

"Of course everyone is upset he's going to be inside over Christmas. It's going to be a tough but this could help him change his life for the better."

The 27-year-old hunk was slapped with 200 hours of community service in August - narrowly missing out on prison - after he was found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Stephanie Davis while she was holding their now-10-month-old son Caben.

But he hit the headlines just days after he started the unpaid work in Glasgow as he allegedly refused to scrub off some graffiti as he believed the spray-painted wall was created by famous artist Banksy.

A source said previously: "He has refused to scrub graffiti because he believes the artwork is a Banksy - and he's told officials.

"A decision is yet to be made about Jeremy and how he will continue his community service going forward. He could end up in real trouble over it."

As well as his community service, Jeremy was also ordered to pay £1,000 in court costs, £1,000 in compensation to Stephanie and a victims surcharge of £115.

He's also been told to stay away from Stephanie, 24, for three years and any communication regarding Caben has to be done via social service or the family court.

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