SPENDING a penny on the way home from a drinking session cost a teenager £315.

Blackburn magistrates heard Dylan McClung went into a gateway to relieve himself when he was caught short on his way home.

But his comfort break was caught on camera and when Dylan McClung realised he was in full view of CCTV equipment he plunged an implement into the camera to try and disable it.

But the damage was recorded by the camera and police also found fingerprints which identified the culprit.

McClung, 18, of Belgrave Square, Darwen, pleaded guilty to criminal damage to a camera at Hillside Garage, Edward Street.

He was fined £80 and ordered to pay £120 compensation, £85 costs and £30 victim surcharge.

Peter King, defending, said McClung had been out with friends and was intoxicated.

"He needed to relieve himself and went into a gateway to do that privately," said Mr King.

"While he was in the gateway he saw the camera and realised it had caught him in the act.

"He damaged the camera in the hope that would stop anyone from watching him.

"That was the thought process in his alcohol-fuelled state."