A woman was in court for stealing cosmetics from a Whitehaven department store.

Nadine Caulfield, 30, of Winston Close, Moresby Parks, Whitehaven, admitted theft when she appeared at West Cumbria Magistrates Court on Friday.

The court was told that on May 20, Caulfield had stolen cosmetics worth around £360 from Dixons department store on Lowther Street.

Diane Jackson, prosecuting, said Caulfield had put items into her bag and walked out of the store. Staff had not realised what she had done until she had left.

A police appeal was later put out on social media and Caulfield contacted the store via Facebook and told them that she was responsible.

Caulfield then went back to the store and returned the items, which were still suitable for resale.

David Thompson, defending, said Caulfield had been made redundant, which had triggered anxiety and depression, in the months leading up to the incident.

"She was clearly not thinking as she should have been. It is very much out of character for her.

"She didn't need to go out and steal. There's no rational and logical explanation for what happened on that day."

Caulfield was given a conditional order of discharge for 12 months.

She was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 surcharge to fund victim services.