A Workington man has been unanimously cleared of threatening a 'love rival' with an imitation firearm, and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Billy Wildgoose, 25, went on trial at Carlisle Crown Court earlier this week.

He had denied the two allegations.

One alleged the possession of an imitation firearm - a Walther CP 88 air pistol - with intent to cause Tyler Wilson to fear violence.

The second charge alleged that Mr Wildgoose tried to pervert the course of justice - by posting a police interview transcript on Facebook, in April this year.

But Mr Wildgoose denied the allegations.

He admitted producing an imitation firearm from his pocket in front of Mr Wilson when they met in Siddick, near Workington, but said this was because he had expressed an interest in buying it.

When Mr Wilson indicated he wasn't interested in buying the gun after all, Mr Wildgoose said he put back in his pocket.

"It wasn't pointed in any threatening way," Mr Wildgoose, of Hunday Court, Workington, told jurors.

Mr Wildgoose also said the Facebook posting of a transcript extract from Mr Wilson's police interview hadn't been done to interfere with justice, nor to intimidate.

The jury of eight men and four women unanimously found Mr Wildgoose not guilty.