A MAN who thought he was helping to remove wiring from a derelict building found himself second man in a commercial burglary.

Blackburn magistrates heard the other man had already raided the same premises earlier the same day with another partner.

Paul Edward Foster, 44, of Rosegrove Lane, Burnley, pleaded guilty to burglary at Susan Mill, Junction Street, Burnley. He was jailed for 16 weeks for the offence and a further 18 weeks for being in breach of a suspended prison sentence imposed for an offence of burglary.

Adam Bonney, prosecuting, said CCTV showed two men forcing the front door of the mill and then forcing entry to GRB Commercial Equipment at 2.50am.

At 10.45pm the same day the man from the same break-in was again caught on CCTV forcing entry, this time accompanied by Foster.

Mr Bonney, said the owner of the company said property worth £1,000 had been stolen and estimated the damage at £1,000.

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said his client accepted he had been very foolish.

"He was told by the other man the premises were derelict and he just needed a hand removing some wiring," said Mr Taylor. "He knows he should have been more careful."