A MAN was arrested for breaching a restraining order after his ex-partner was found at his house.

Blackburn magistrates heard the victim refused to make a statement to police and was clearly at the house of her own free will.

And police found evidence that she was living at the address.

Jack McGranaghan, 19, of Whittle Court, Burnley, pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order and breach of a community order.

He was fined £200 and ordered to pay £30 victim surcharge.

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said the order had been put in place to protect the female but she was the one who instigated contact.

"He tried to avoid her but she eventually turned up at his address," said Mr Taylor.

"He was trying to resist but she persisted."

He said the difficulty was that she does not want the protection of the order.

"Unfortunately he is the one who gets arrested, put in the cells and appears in court," said Mr Taylor.

"Until she applies for the order to be lifted he will have to stay out of her way."