A MAN has admitted stealing bottles of wine from a branch of Toby Carvery.

Philip Andrew Ball, 52, of Cumberland Court, Carlisle, appeared at the city's magistrates court on Thursday.

He faced one charge of theft and one charge of sending a grossly offensive message via electronic means.

The theft related to an incident on November 5 at Carlisle, where Ball stole bottles of wine to the value of £44.85 belonging to Toby Carvery.

The second charge related to an incident on the same day, also in Carlisle.

Ball admitted the theft, but denied sending the message. However, he was found guilty of both charges.

He was fined £120 and ordered to pay £144.85 compensation, as well as £85 costs.

Ball was also handed a community order to have treatment for alcohol dependency for three months, and carry out £150 hours unpaid work.