A MAN has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 after he admitted a charge of property damage.

Lee James Matthews, 31, of Beck Rise, Beckermet, appeared at Workington Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

He admitted one charge of criminal damage relating to an incident on December 16 2020. The court heard he damaged the windscreen of a Ford Ranger in Whitehaven to the value of £200.

He had previously denied the charge, but changed his plea to guilty.

Matthews was fined £720 and ordered to pay compensation of £200, as well as costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £72.

He was also handed a restraining order not to contact the victim and one other person, as well as not to go to a Whitehaven address. The order is in place until 2023.

On the same day, a charge of damaging a car belonging to the same by scratching the bodywork and sending a menacing communication were both dismissed as no evidence was offered. Matthews denied both charges.