A MAN who was living in a friend’s van accepted an invitation from his ex-partner to stay at her house.

Blackburn magistrates heard police were tipped off by an anonymous caller that Jake Marren was at the address which put him in breach of a non-molestation order.

Marren, 26, of Briercliffe Road, Burnley, pleaded guilty to breach of the order. He was fined £80 and ordered to pay £34 victim surcharge.

Janice Vallance, prosecuting, said when police spoke to Marren he admitted being in breach of the order and said he had nowhere else to stay.

Mark Williams, defending, said the breach arose because the female who had taken out the order had invited Marren round.

“She had heard he had been staying in a friend’s van and took pity on him,” said Mr Williams. “He had separated from his most recent partner and was sleeping in a friend’s van.”

He said the address his client had given to the court was his father’s address but he was receiving treatment for cancer and Marren had not wanted to go there and put any pressure on his dad.

“He has now spoken to his dad and he is going to go there until he can find somewhere else to stay,” said Mr Williams.