DAVID Roberts went round to his girlfriend's house in a drunken state and forced his way into her home.

Blackburn magistrates heard that the girlfriend had sent him a text message saying "go away you are scaring me." Roberts, 28, of Aberdare Close, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to criminal damage.

He was given a conditional discharge for six months and ordered to pay £55 costs after the court heard he had subsequently paid for a window to be re-glazed and locks to be replaced.

Wendy Chappell, prosecuting, said Roberts had made several phone calls to his girlfriend asking her to join him for a drink but she had refused. When he arrived at her home she had left a key in the lock and put both bolts on the door.

She heard him trying to open the door with his key and told him to go away but phoned the police when he took no notice.

"Eventually she heard the sound of breaking glass and he came into her property but the police arrived very shortly afterwards," said Mrs Chappell.