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Vandal threw brick through window of legendary Blackburn curry house

A MAN threw a brick through the window of a legendary curry house for no apparent reason.

Blackburn magistrates heard that six days later Mohammed Patel was standing in the middle of Robinson Street, Blackburn, confronting a police patrol and telling them to turn round.

The court was told that as a result of his continued erratic behaviour the police would be seeking a criminal behaviour order against the defendant.

Patel, 38, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and using threatening behaviour.

He was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £22 victim surcharge after the court was told he had been in custody for over a month.

The application for a criminal behaviour order will be heard at Burnley magistrates on September 16.

Jade Coleman, prosecuting, said prior to throwing a brick threw the window of the Khyber Cafe, Whalley Range, at 6.30pm Patel had shouted at someone to get out of the way. The restaurant was one of Blackburn’s first curry houses.

On both occasions police had been approached by members of the public who said Patel had been causing problems in the neighbourhood.

Zabair Afzal, defending, said his client had effectively served a two-month sentence.

“He has mental health issues and has been sectioned in the past,” said Mr Afzal.

“Having spent a month in custody he presents as a totally different person to the one who appeared in court.

“His mental health problems are not helped by drug abuse and he assures me that when he is released he intends to remain drug free.”