Baber Iqbal, 22, tried to break into a house with a hammer has been sentenced to prison for 15 months.

Baber Iqbal used a Stolen Renault with fake registration plates, Burnley Crown Court was told.

Stephen Parker CPS, said: “The three sisters were upstairs when they heard knocking and banging on the door. The 14 and 11-year-old looked down from an upstairs window and saw two men.

“A white male was holding a drill and an Asian male – later identified by a VIPER parade to be this defendant – was holding a hammer. They would say the two men were trying to break into their house.

“The two men had cause to look up. They clearly saw the two girls looking at them through the window but they continued to try and break in.”

Although terrified the girls somehow managed to escape through the back door.

They went to a relative’s house that lived nearby and told him that someone is trying to break into their house.

The relative thought the girls might be mistaken, so he went himself to check, where he saw the stolen Renault parked next to the house. He asked the driver of the car if they were from any courier company delivering a package, which they denied.

He then checked the front door, which was severely damaged.

Baber Iqbal of Bradford pleaded guilty to attempted robbery.

Defending, Richard Bennett said: “My client is extremely upset and sorry, having had time to reflect on this matter. It must have been extremely frightening for the children who were in the house at that moment in time.”

Jailing Iqbal for 15 months, Judge Beverley Lunt said: “While this might have been an attempted burglary it was a very determined and violent attempt. There were three young people in the house who were terrified by what they saw was going on.”