TWO MEN who broke into a Whalley Range eatery stole cash from the till and four charity boxes.

Blackburn magistrates heard Carl John Tanner and his accomplice tried to gain entry to La Glacier by forcing one door and when they didn't succeed smashed the bottom panel of another to get in.

Tanner, 25, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to burglary and a charge of shoplifting from Morrisons.

He was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £200 compensation.

The court heard he was being recalled to prison for breaching his prison licence for a five month sentence imposed in November for a non-dwelling burglary.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said CCTV showed Tanner and another man prising open a door at the restaurant-type premises with a piece of wood but couldn't get in.

They forced their way in through another door and stole £200 from the till and the charity boxes.

Ian Huggan, defending, said Tanner had been released from his latest prison sentence in December and had moved to Blackpool to make a fresh start.

He had returned to Blackburn after his grandma was diagnosed with cancer and had slipped back into old ways.