A MAN used a lump hammer to smash the rear window of a love rival's car.

Blackburn magistrates Jamie Richard Clough was upset because his ex-partner’s new man used to be a good friend.

Clough, 26, of Brownbirks Road, Accrington, pleaded guilty to harassing Joshua Hart and causing £300 of damage to his VW Golf.

He was made subject to a community order for 12 months with 15 days' rehabilitation and 40 hours' unpaid work and ordered to pay £400 compensation and £90 victim surcharge.

He was made subject to a restraining order for 12 months.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said Mr Hart had been seeing the defendant’s former partner for about two weeks when he started receiving abusive and threatening text messages from him.

On the day the criminal damage was committed Mr Hart was walking his dog when he received a message from his girlfriend to say Clough was on his way to his home and was going to damage his car.

“When he got home his rear window had been smashed and the CCTV showed the defendant throwing a lump hammer through the window,” said Miss Allan.

She said Clough had no previous convictions.

Gareth Price, defending, said Clough had been with the mother of his three children for 11 years until she ended the relationship late last year.

“In August he discovered this new relationship,” said Mr Price.

“Mr Hart was previously a good friend of his and he took that news particularly badly.”