A MAN who broke into a hair and beauty salon ransacked the property causing significant damage.

Blackburn magistrates heard Ryan Jason Ashe escaped with products worth £3,500 from Bliss in Parker Lane, Burnley.

Ashe, 28, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to burglary, damaging a window belonging to Fiona Hodgson-Smith, breaching a restraining order and failing to comply with post sentence supervision.

He was committed in custody to Burnley Crown Court to be sentenced after the court was told he was already awaiting sentence on two burglaries, four shoplifting offences and an assault.

Jack Troup, prosecuting, said a police officer who attended the Bliss salon said it had been ransacked.

“The method of entry was by forcing a window, causing £300 worth of damage,” said Mr Troup.

He said the criminal damage offence occurred in September.

Ashe went to the home of Fiona Hodgson-Smith and was outside shouting to her son, Peter, to sort him out some “crack.”

Ms Hodgson-Smith told Ashe she was going to call the police and shortly after heard a loud bang.

“It appears he has thrown a brick through the window of her property,” said Mr Troup.

The breach of restraining order involved Ashe sending a letter to his former partner from prison.

Mr Troup said the letter was on prison letter-headed paper and included his prison number.

“The recipient said the letter didn’t make much sense but it was clearly in breach of the restraining order,” said Mr Troup.

Damian Pickup, defending, said it would make sense for all matters to be dealt with at the same time and he was no instructed to apply for bail.