A GRANDMOTHER said her grandson had ruined her life by his constant harassment of her.

Blackburn magistrates heard Simon Raith turned up at the 86-year-old woman's address demanding money and causing a disturbance if he didn't get what he wanted.

She said she had hoped he would grow out of it but the problem had persisted for over eight years and appeared to be getting worse.

"She doesn't want to live in the same area because she says he is ruining her life," said Scott Parker, prosecuting.

RaIth, 31, of Lion Street, Accrington, was convicted in his absence of breaching a restraining order. He was committed on bail to Burnley Crown Court to be sentenced after the magistrates ruled their powers of punishment were not sufficient.

Mr Parker said Raith repeatedly turned up at his grandmother's address demanding money.

"There have been numerous previous incidents and he has been to prison twice as a result of him harassing her," said Mr Parker.

He turns up demanding money, shouting and screaming outside her home and insisting she lets him in."

"In the latest incident he knocked on her window and said he was starving.

"She wouldn't let him in but got some food out of the fridge and freezer and put it in a bag which she took to the back door.

"She opened the door to pass him the bag and he barged past her into the kitchen and started demanding money," said Mr Parker.

"To try and get rid of him she gave him £10."