A MAN who turned up at his mum's home pleading for food was in breach of a restraining order.

Blackburn magistrates heard Darren Robert Atkin was told to go away by his mum who said she would ring the police but he carried on asking for money.

Atkin, 38, of Booth Crescent, Waterfoot, pleaded guilty to breach of a restraining order in favour of Joan Atkin and failing to comply with requirements of post-custodial supervision.

He was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months and made subject to a curfew between 9pm and 6am for four weeks.

He was ordered to pay £145 costs and £115 victim surcharge.

Parveen Akhtar, prosecuting, said Mrs Atkin was at home when she heard a knock on the door at 8.30am.

"It was her son and she told him he shouldn't be there and to go away," said Miss Akhtar.

"Shortly after he was knocking on the living room window saying he was homeless and asking for food and money. He ran off when she picked up the phone."

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said his client had been at a low ebb and particularly desperate at the time of the offence.

"He was asking for help from his mother and she contacted the police," said Mr Taylor.

"He was hoping she would help him in his hour of need but clearly much has happened between them in the past."