Wanted man broke into building and stayed there

Burnley Magistartes Court.
Burnley Magistartes Court.

A wanted man from Blackpool who jumped on the wrong train got off, broke into a hospitality centre and took up residence for five days, a court heard.

Burnley magistrates were told how Damian Hough, 24, was trying to get back to his home town of Blackpool, but got the wrong train to Colne and didn’t have enough cash for another ticket.

He smashed a window at Pendle Leisure Trust’s Bank House, climbed in and slept there, but later walked into the police station and said he wanted to hand himself in for burglary.

Hough, who has almost 30 offences on his record and has been to jail, is now back behind bars again.

The defendant, of no fixed address, admitted burglary on May 27 and was locked up for four weeks.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said Hough told the police he was from the Blackpool area and accidentally got on the wrong train.

He got off in Colne, was walking about and noticed a building which appeared to be empty.

He climbed in and searched every room.

The defendant had handed himself in at the police station on June 1. He was also wanted on warrant by Blackpool magistrates over a burglary allegation.

Hough had 28 offences on his record, including convictions for burglary.

The hearing was told nothing was stolen from Bank House.

Nick Cassidy, defending, said Hough accepted it was highly likely a custodial sentence would be imposed.

In the past, he had had a number of issues but, unusually, had no problems with drink or drugs. He said his client apologised.

Mr Cassidy added: “The defendant got the wrong train. He didn’t have the funds for another ticket and so went into the first disused building he saw and slept there for four or five nights. He has gone into the police station and made the police aware of an offence they didn’t even know had been committed.

“This offence is towards the lower end of the scale. He found himself in a vicious circle. The defendant apologises through me for committing this offence.”