A MAN with mental health problems harassed a young family claiming he was a terrorist and that Al Qaeda was coming.

Blackburn magistrates heard when Mohammed Patel was confronted outside the victim's house he tried to punch him and then bit his finger drawing blood.

The court was told two days later Patel stepped out in front of Rafik Jamadar's car, forcing him to slam on.

He twice damaged Mr Jamadar's car and, after he had been arrested and released he committed further racially aggravated assaults on two young people.

Patel, 37, of Whalley Range, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to harassment, threatening behaviour two racially aggravated assaults and assault. He was remanded in custody until April 2 for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Andrew Hey, prosecuting, said Mr Jamadar and his wife and young child were at home when Patel turned up outside swearing and shouting that he was going to kill them.

Mr Jamadar went out and asked him to leave and was subsequently bitten by the defendant.

Mr Hey said the young people, including one who was only 13, were approached by Patel. He called one of them a "white b****" and told the 13-year-old girl he would rape her.

A male member of the group confronted Patel and he responded by kicking him and a female in the stomach. He made a racist comment to the male.

Michael Alexander, defending, said his client had issues with spice and cocaine and had no recollection of the incidents.

"He has been sectioned recently and has a chaotic lifestyle," said Mr Alexander.