A Cleator Moor man with a "poor record" for domestic abuse has been jailed after he persistently contacted his victim.

Gareth John Sharpe, 30, of King Street, appeared at the magistrates’ court in Workington on Friday.

He admitted harassing a woman between July 23 and July 29.

The court heard he contacted his victim multiple times and turned up at her address, despite her not wanting him to do so. This was also in breach of a restraining order imposed by the courts in November 2018. Magistrates heard that on June 10, Sharpe had been handed a community order after he threatened a different woman to burn her house down.

On July 30, Sharpe also assaulted a custody nurse, threatened to assault officers and custody staff and to damage property at Workington police station.

Sharpe was jailed for 12 weeks and ordered to pay £100 compensation to the custody nurse. Magistrates felt the offence was serious because Sharpe had a "poor record for domestic abuse", he persistently contacted his victim and was subject to a community order at the time of the offences.

He must also pay £85 court costs and £128 victim surcharge.