A MAN put a brick through the window of his local taxi office on Christmas Day after accusing one of their drivers of assaulting his friend.

Blackburn magistrates heard after his mum acted as intermediary James Kenneth Twist had a meeting with the taxi firm bosses, apologised and paid for the damage.

Twist, 23, of Commercial Street, Barnoldswick, pleaded guilty to damaging a £250 window belonging to Yellow Cars.

He was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £85 costs and £20 victim surcharge.

Parveen Akhtar, prosecuting, said staff at the taxi firm were in the office at about 9pm on Christmas Day.

Twist made a comment about an assault on his friend and then picked up a brick and threw it at the window.

"It could have been a dangerous situation," said Miss Akhtar.

"He didn't know who was on the other side of the window but fortunately on this occasion nobody was injured."

Ben Leech, defending, said Twist was a regular customer of the taxi firm as were his mum and other members of his family.

"After this incident they spoke to his mum and explained what had happened," said Mr Leech.

"She arranged for her son to go and speak to them. He has paid for the damage."