A MAN who was receiving help from a mental health organisation bit the hand that fed him.

Blackburn magistrates heard Martin Christopher Bennell smashed a window at the North West Leaving Care Services premises in Burnley where he was living.

The court was told despite the offence Bennell was welcome back at the supported accommodation where staff described him as "a lovely lad."

Bennell, 19, of Hufling Lane, Burnley, pleaded guilty to criminal damage. He was ordered to pay £150 compensation.

Stacey Morrow, prosecuting, said Bennell turned up outside North West Leaving Care at 8.05 pm. A member of staff went to see what he wanted and could see he was extremely drunk or under the influence of drugs.

"He banged on the door a couple of times and then went to the window and smashed it with his arm," said Miss Morrow. "He walked away and then came back and said he was sorry."

Kevin Bamber, defending, said Leaving Care North West had taken Bennell under their wing.

"They describe him as a lovely lad and say he is welcome back," said Mr Bamber.

"He is accepting help from the mental health services and is coming to terms with what would be considered a stigma by many young people."