A drunken man who was asked by a neighbour to keep the noise down because he was frightening her child responded by punching her window.

Blackburn Magistrates' Court heard when police turned up at the home of Sean Rigby he threatened to set the dogs on them and then punched an officer.

Rigby, 51, of Cottage Close, Clitheroe, pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker and criminal damage to a window.

He was fined £392 with £150 compensation for the window and £75 to the officer. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and £157 victim surcharge.

Cindy Watkins, prosecuting, said the occupant of the house heard noise coming from outside his property in Clitheroe on November 15.

He saw Rigby and another man causing a disturbance.

"The defendant approached the man's house and started shouting abuse," said Miss Watkins.

"The partner of the aggrieved opened the window and told the defendant to stop because he was frightening their child, and his response was to punch the window, causing it to crack."

When police attended his house Rigby was clearly drunk, Miss Watkins said. He was abusive and refused to put his hands behind his back so he could be handcuffed.

"The officer reached for his pepper spray and was pushed out of the house," said Miss Watkins.

"The defendant threatened to set the dogs on him and the officer sent for back up."

Rigby eventually opened the door, charged at an officer and punched him.

"A Taser officer was called and the defendant eventually put the dogs away and allowed himself to be arrested," said Miss Watkins.

Jonathan Taylor, mitigating, said his client had little recollection of the incident but had seen the CCTV footage and accepted his guilt.

"He is extremely remorseful that he has become embroiled in this incident," said Mr Taylor.

"He fell asleep when he got home and when the police arrived he couldn't remember doing anything wrong."