A man turned up at his aunt's house in the early hours of the morning to ask for money.

Blackburn magistrates heard Darren Belshaw was banned from attending the property or contacting his aunt by a restraining order.

Belshaw, 41, of Church Street, Haslingden, pleaded guilty to breaching a non-molestation order. He was jailed for 16 weeks for the offence and a further eight weeks of a suspended sentence were activated.

District Judge Alexandra Preston said the suspended sentence order was imposed after Belshaw was given a chance to do well on a drug rehabilitation order as part of a community order.

Lancashire Telegraph: Darren BelshawDarren Belshaw (Image: Lancs Police)"This was your fourth breach of the order which was put in place because of your continually going round to your poor aunt's house pestering her for money," said District Judge Preston.

Nick Turner, prosecuting, said the victim was asleep in bed when Belshaw started throwing stones at her window and shouting her name.

"She knew it was her nephew," said Mr Turner. "She used to give him money for food but he started coming round three or four times a day asking for money. She put a stop to that because he was using the money to buy drugs and she eventually applied for a non-molestation order."

He said it was the fourth breach of the order and the previous breaches had resulted in a fine, a community order and then the suspended sentence.

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said his client had been visiting a friend and had gone to his aunt's hoping to borrow some money for a taxi home.

The court was told that since the community order was imposed in February the defendant's probation officer had seen him only once.