A MOTORIST has been hit with a five year driving ban after admitting driving under the influence of cocaine.

Alan Fisher, 34, of West Street, Aspatria, appeared at Workington Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

He admitted one charge of drug-driving relating to an incident on January 10.

The court heard he drove his Peugeot Partner van on Noble Croft in Aspatria with more than 32 micrograms of cocaine per litre of blood.

He also admitted a second charge of driving the same vehicle at Great Broughton on December 10, when the proportion of the controlled drug benzoyleconine - the compound used to test for cocaine - exceeded the legal limit.

Fisher was handed a community order that requires him to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months, and disqualified from holding a driving license for five years.

He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £95 and costs of £85.