A WOMAN had to run from her house barefoot after her jealous ex turned up and started kicking at the back door.

Blackburn magistrates heard the victim jumped in her car and drove round the block before calling the police.

Steven Box, 31, of Higher Perry Street, Darwen, pleaded guilty to breaching a non-molestation order and criminal damage to a door. He was made subject to a community order for 18 months with 10 days rehabilitation activity requirement and a condition he attends the Building Better Relationships programme. He was made subject to a curfew for 10 weeks between 7pm and 7am and ordered to pay £100 compensation, £85 costs and £95 victim surcharge.

Sazeeda Ismail, prosecuting, said at a previous hearing that on the night of the incident the victim had gone out with a friend and during the evening received a number of calls and messages from Box in relation to the fact she had gone out.

Shortly after she and her friend got home at about 10.30pm she heard banging on the windows and door and the defendant calling her a slag.

"He began kicking the back door and she ran out of the front door barefoot," said Miss Ismail. "She got in her car and drove round the block before calling the police and her brother."

The police confirmed the house was clear before she went back in and discovered the back door had been kicked in.

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said despite the non-molestation order both parties had been in regular contact.

"He tried to show the arresting officer the contact she had made with him," said Mr Taylor.

"His understanding was that she was applying for the order to be removed and on the day of this incident they had spent the day together.

"When she went out with a friend he was concerned about her but she refused to accept his calls."