A MANHUNT has been launched by police for a 31-year-old who failed to turn up to his court hearing. 

Tom Mann, of Winnington Gardens, Hanley Swan, was due at Worcester Magistrates Court for the first hearing of his case at 9.30am on Thursday, (October 26). 

But more than two hours later Deputy District Judge Peter Hayes decided to issue a warrant for his arrest after his case was called on. 

Mann is accused of theft by employee. 

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The prosecution alleges Mann stole using a company fuel card which had been issued by his employer Signal Traffic Management.

Mann is accused of taking £2,400 worth of fuel, using the card, between May 10 and May 31 this year. 

After prosecutor Mark Hambling confirmed to the judge a letter requiring him to attend court had been sent to Mann's address in September, the judge issued the warrant for his arrest.