A RECORD shop was burgled twice in the space of three days and more than £6,000 worth of stock stolen.

Blackburn magistrates heard the offences committed by Rafique Ricky Shaban had a financial and emotional impact on the owner of the Music Box in Nelson.

In a statement he said as a small business trying to make a living the offences had hit him hard.

"It has made me want to stay in the shop and confront the people responsible," he said. "It has had more of an impact as we were trying to get back on our feet after the pandemic."

Shaban, 47, of Lime Street, Nelson, pleaded guilty to burglary at the shop on Friday and Sunday. He was remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Alex Mann, prosecuting, said over 300 records were stolen in the raids, some of them high value collectables. A door was damaged on the first occasion and a window on the second.

Mrs Mann said a large number of records had been recovered from the defendant's home when he was arrested but it was not clear if they had all been returned.

"These offences have clearly had financial and emotional impact on the victim," she said.

David Lawson, defending, said his client was "bitterly disappointed" to have relapsed.

"He has had certain personal problems in recent months," said Mr Lawson.

He said most if not all of the records were recovered from the defendant's home.