A HGV driver who repeatedly phoned his ex-girlfriend after being banned from contacting her, is awaiting sentence.

Burnley Magistrates heard how Andrew Stephen Bond, 30, called frightened Sarah Foster's mother after she wouldn't answer and the mother contacted the police domestic violence officer.

Days earlier Bond had been made subject of a restraining order after threatening to torch Miss Foster's home.

He was not allowed to contact the complainant, mother of his daughter, or her sister Mary, except through solicitors about the child.

Bond, of St Anne's Street, Padiham, admitted two allegations of breaching a restraining order on May 19, but claims Miss Foster left a note on his car urging him to contact her.

He was bailed until September 9, for a trial over the facts of the case and was told not to contact the Foster family.

Alfred Rebello, defending, said Bond accepted he made a number of phone calls to Miss Foster.

He did not make threats and the offences were at the bottom end of the scale.

Mr Rebello added the defendant had had treatment for depression from his doctor.