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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Arrest warrant issued for man who failed to turn up at Carlisle court

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man who failed to turn up at Carlisle Crown Court.

Colin Robley, 61, was due to enter pleas to a string of charges arising from alleged incidents in Alston early in the year.

But when he failed to arrive – and his barrister could not explain why – Judge Paul Batty QC issued a warrant for his arrest.

Robley, of Tree Tops, Nenthead, Alston Moor, was first due in court on September 23, but he was taken ill shortly after arriving at court and had to be taken by ambulance to the accident and emergency department at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

He was due back in court in October, but after spending a week in hospital following a stroke was still not well enough to attend.

His barrister Tim Evans explained was still too ill to leave his home.

“He has had considerable ill health involving his heart in the past,” he said.

The case was adjourned again but when Robley still did not turn up Mr Evans had to concede that he had not heard from his client and had received no update on his medical condition.

The charges Robley faces are handling a stolen air rifle belonging to Keith Leisk at Alston on April 1; producing cannabis, a class B drug, at Alston between January 1 and March 31; and possessing 630g of cannabis resin with intent to supply it on April 1.

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