A MAN living at a Blackburn hostel threatened to "trash" a car belonging to a member of staff.

Blackburn magistrates heard Lee Hepple also damaged a chest of drawers belonging to the hostel during a drunken episode.

Hepple, 32, of Union House, St Peter Street, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and making threats to damage property. He was fined £120 and ordered to pay £45 compensation.

Andy Robinson, prosecuting, said when the hostel manager arrived at work Hepple was already outside having been asked to leave by other members of staff.

He was allowed back in to collect his belongings but then started making threats.

He picked up a bedside cabinet and said he would throw it through the window and said he would "trash" the manager's car.

"When he was interviewed by the police he was still making threats which was why he was kept in custody," said Mr Robinson.

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said it had been the anniversary of the death of his client's mother and he accepted he had consumed far too much alcohol.

"The threats were very foolish and hurtful things to say on the spur of the moment and while under the influence of alcohol," said Mr Taylor.