A shop assistant was brought before the court after selling a bottle of wine to a 16-year-old girl. 

Carol Barker, 64, of Sunscales Avenue, Cockermouth, was at work in Nisa on Station Street in Cockermouth on December 4 last year.

Police had conducted a test operation, with a 16-year-old girl who attempted to buy a bottle of white wine. 

Workington Magistrates Court was told that Barker made the sale to the underage girl.

Pamela Fee, prosecuting, said "at no point did police witness Barker ask for any form of ID". 

During interview, Barker told police, "My mind was on other things. It's the first time something like this has happened.

"We were trying to sort out returns. I didn't even look at her."

Barker, who was unrepresented, said: "I'm sorry for what happened. It's never really happened before. I deeply regret what happened. 

"There's been training put in place."

Barker pleaded guilty to selling alcohol to a person aged under 18.

Magistrates imposed a 12-month conditional discharge. 

Barker was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £22 victim surcharge.