A MOTORIST who failed to stop after his car clipped a parked police vehicle on a residential Carlisle street has been fined,

Derek Little, 59, admitted careless driving and failing to stop after an accident when he appeared before the city's Rickergate court.

Prosecutor John Moran said the accident happened on Sunday, May 30, while police were in the Blackwell Road area of the city making enquiries which were completely unrelated to the defendant.

Little's Volvo collided with the front offside wing mirror of the parked police car, smashing the glass.

The police officers in the car followed the Volvo and stopped it.

"A reasonable and competent driver would not have had that collision and would have stopped at the scene," said Mr Moran.

The cost of replacing the damaged wing mirror was £500.

From the dock of the court, Little, a forklift truck driver of Warwick Square, Carlisle, said: "I regret not stopping. I know that I should have."

Magistrates imposed a fine of £277, with £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

They imposed 10 penalty points on the defendant's licence.

The presiding magistrate told Little: "You have 10 points on your licence so you're going to have to be very, very careful now."