A YOUNG woman called her dad for help after realising a man was trying to break into her home.

Blackburn magistrates heard when the dad arrived he saw Lee Carl Conroy standing on a table trying to force a downstairs window.

Conroy, 45, of Talbot Street, Burnley, pleaded guilty to attempted burglary at a house in Hawarden Street, Nelson.

He was sent in custody to Burnley Crown Court to be sentenced on September 13.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said Sidra Ali heard a knock on the door of her property and looked out to see a man she didn't know.

She saw him go through a side gate and to the rear of the house.

"She was scared and called her dad and the police," said Mrs Yates.

"When Mr Ali arrived the defendant was standing on a table which had been moved under the dining room window. When he was arrested he was found to be in possession of a crow bar."

Janet Sime, defending, said her client had just been released from prison and had effectively been evicted from his home by social services.

"They told his partner that if he was living there the children would be taken into care and he was left homeless," said Mrs Sime.

"He was released without any help or support and quite simply he was desperate."