A 27-year-old has been jailed after interfering with and stealing items from cars, including a sentimental gold ring worth £300.

Damon Fielding was sentenced to eight months in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of theft from motor vehicles and two vehicle interference offences at Preston Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Fielding committed the offences throughout October in Lower Darwen, and the Feniscowles and Audley areas of Blackburn.

He was arrested and charged by police on Tuesday and was remanded to appear before magistrates on Wednesday morning.

Lancashire Telegraph: Damon Fielding

The court heard how between October 15 and October 18, Fielding, of Taylor Street, Darwen, stole a gold ring to the value of £300 and a £10 note from a car belonging to a woman named Julie Longden.

During the same time period, the 27-year-old also stole a grey woman's coat and a packet of co-codamol from another vehicle, belonging to a man called Thomas Wood.

Preston Magistrates were told how on Tuesday, he was caught interfering with two cars in Blackburn, before he was arrested by police and remanded into custody.

Following the sentencing, PC Mark Slater from Blackburn police said: "Please keep doors, windows and cars locked and double check if needs be.

"Please report any suspicious behaviour or characters to the police.

"One theft involved a sentimental gold ring which the victim now has back in her possession."

Lancashire Telegraph: