A MAN burgled his grandmother while she was away on holiday - but now wants to say he is sorry.

Joseph David Blackburn, 22, smashed a panel on a door and broke into his grandmother's Pogmoor home while she was on holiday, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Waseem Raja, prosecuting, said: "Mr Blackburn intended to have a bath, to eat and to watch television. He was not going to take anything."

Probation officer Charles McDermid said Blackburn, of Woodstock Road, Wilthorpe, was 'deeply ashamed of himself'.

Mr McDermid said: "He has sent his grandmother a text message to apologise. He wants to meet her face-to-face. He hates being out of work because he is bored. He feels he has let the entire family down."

John Dobbin, defending, said Blackburn had lost his job at B&Q and his parents had split up at about the same time.

"His life deteriorated. He feels gutted about what he did," Mr Dobbin added.

Deputy District Judge Tim Capstick said: "This was an unpleasant offence and you should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself."

Blackburn, who admitted burglary, was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work and to pay a £60 victim surcharge.