A Workington man has been sent to prison after appearing in court for harassment and assault.

Marc McIvor, 30, of Hillary Close, Salterbeck, was charged with harassing a woman, assaulting her and committing a public order offence.

West Cumbria Magistrates Court heard that McIvor had repeatedly contact the woman between July 3 and July 13, despite her making it clear that the contact was unwanted.

On July 5, the court heard, he assaulted his victim and used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour, intending to cause her harassment, alarm or distress.

McIvor had denied the offence but he was convicted in his absence.

He was given a 26-day jail term for the harassment offence, along with concurrent six-week sentences for the assault and public order offence.

Magistrates gave him an restraining order, banning him from contacting his victim indefinitely.

He must pay £620 costs and a £115 surcharge.

At his sentencing, he admitted failing to surrender to custody on the day of his conviction. He was given a concurrent two-week jail term for that offence.