Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, he gained worldwide fame as the bass guitarist and singer of the Beatles, who are widely considered to be the most popular and influential band in history. McCartney is one of the most successful composers and performers of all time. He has written or co-written 32 songs that have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Paul McCartney has not been an inmate of HM Prison Reading. In January 1980, when he flew to Tokyo for a tour of Japan, customs officials found approximately 8 ounces (200 g) of cannabis in his luggage. They arrested McCartney and brought him to a local jail while the Japanese government decided what to do. After ten days, they released and deported him without charge.

HM Prison Reading, formerly known as Reading Gaol, is a former prison located in Reading, Berkshire, England. The prison was operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service until its closure at the end of 2013. The following have all been inamtes of HM Prison Reading:

Oscar Wilde – author of poem "The Ballad of Reading Gaol", based on memory of an execution that took place here while he was serving a sentence for homosexual offences (1895–1897).

Stacy Keach – actor, served six months after being arrested for cocaine smuggling (1984).

Anthony Joshua – boxer, put on remand for fighting. He was made to wear an electronic tag on his ankle when released.

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