Hunt launched after teen robber misses court

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

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A STREET robber was today being sought by police after he failed to turn up at court.

Darren McCaul was convicted of carrying out a robbery in Fleetwood after he failed to re-appear at court for the second half of his trial.

The 19-year-old was said to have demanded a phone and wallet of a young man he came across in the small hours.

He also warned his victim he had a knife.

The youngster later picked McCaul out on a police identification procedure.

But the defendant insisted to officers it was a case of mistaken identity.

McCaul, of Rede Avenue, Fleetwood, had denied a charge of robbery relating to the offence in the early hours of June 12 last year.

He had attended Preston Crown Court for the first day of his trial, but then failed to turn up on the second.

The case was adjourned for a day, but then yesterday McCaul once again failed to attend.

A warrant had now been issued for his arrest.

Judge Anthony Russell adjourned the case to May 13 for a sentencing hearing to take place.