A 28-year-old man who went ‘car running’ on a Darwen street, causing more than £2,500 worth of damage to parked cars, told police he thought it would ‘be a laugh’.

And after he was bailed by the police, Dean Kehoe jumped on the roof of another parked car at 11am on a Saturday.

Blackburn magistrates heard Kehoe told police both sets of offences were committed when he was drunk.

The first incident saw him run across a street of parked cars, over their bonnets and roofs.

Kehoe, of Ash Grove, Darwen, pleaded guilty to seven charges of criminal damage on Durham Road on February 22 and one charge of criminal damage on Olive Lane on April 2.

He was remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Scott Ainge, prosecuting, said the first set of offences on Durham Road occurred at 8.30 pm.

“The defendant was heard to say, before he started his rampage, that he was going to smash the cars up,” said Mr Ainge.

“He was seen to karate kick the windscreen of one car causing it to smash and a witness described him as having the appearance of someone who was “possessed.

"The total cost of the damage caused was £2,650.”

Mr Ainge said the owner of the car attacked in Olive Lane had gone into a shop at about 11am.

She looked out and saw Kehoe jump onto the bonnet of her car and then the roof.

The owner and her husband followed and saw Kehoe get into a taxi.

The police were able to trace where he had gone and arrest him.

Andrew Church-Taylor, defending, said Kehoe did not offer any excuse or explanation.

“At the time he was drunk and thought it would be funny but he now realises it wasn’t funny at all.”