A MAN who stole two computers from the Customs and Excise offices in Blackburn was later trapped by DNA tests on blood found at the scene.

Shane John Hindle, 34, of Ennerdale Avenue, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to burglary and theft of the computers, worth £1,000, and two charges of shoplifting when he appeared before Blackburn magistrates.

He was made subject to a community rehabilitation order for 12 months.

Andrew Church-Taylor, defending, said Hindle had not actually entered the Customs and Excise premises but had reached in through a broken window and removed the computers.

"The alarm did not activate but that is a matter for Customs and Excise and not my client," said Mr Church-Taylor.

He said drug addiction was behind the offences and Hindle was waiting for reception on to a rehabilitation programme.