A man who failed to turn up for an induction appointment for unpaid work after a "whirlwind" first experience in the court system has found himself back before magistrates.

Jake William Corrie, 21, of Main Street, St Bees, was given a court order in April requiring him to do unpaid work.

It came after he was convicted of taking a motor vehicle without authority and driving or attempting to drive it while unfit through drugs.

The court heard that Corrie had failed to attend two appointments in April as instructed.

This meant he had not had the necessary induction and was therefore unable to begin his unpaid work.

But Ryan Foley, representing Corrie, said the breach had been down to the defendant not fully understanding his responsibilities rather than a wilful attempt to avoid the punishment.

He said Corrie had no previous experience of the court system and the process from his arrest to his court appearance and sentence had been "something of a whirlwind".

He said that, within a week of the hearing, Corrie had got a job as an electrician's mate working in London.

He did not understand his responsibility to notify the Probation Service of his change of address, the solicitor added, and had not received the letters about his appointments.

Mr Foley said: "Had he known, he'd have contacted the Probation Service."

He added that Corrie was now very aware of his responsibilities and the consequences if he failed to comply.

Magistrates ordered Corrie to complete an extra 30 hours of unpaid work and pay £60 costs.