A MAN breached a non-molestation order by sending Whatsapp messages to his former partner trying to set up access to his child.

Blackburn magistrates in one Liam O'Connor said how much he missed the child and in another said he would probably get locked up for sending the message but he had to keep trying.

O'Connor, 32, of Spring Yard, Colne, pleaded guilty to breach of a non-molestation order. He was fined £170 with £85 costs and £34 victim surcharge.

Sazeeda Ismail, prosecuting, said the defendant's former partner took screen shots of the messages she received from O'Connor and forwarded them to the police.

"It was a deliberate breach but no harm or distress was caused," said Miss Ismail.

David Leach, defending, said his client had made extensive attempts to arrange child access and theses had been ignored.

"In a weaker moment he contacted her and, as you have heard, he was almost pleading with her to be reasonable," said Mr Leach.

"There have been no further breaches since June."