A judge issued a warrant for a driving test cheat after he was a no-show at court yesterday.

Tariq Almultaji, 27, of Dollis Hill Lane, London, had been due to be sentenced at Swindon Crown Court yesterday for using a Bluetooth headset on three separate occasions to try and cheat the driving theory test at the Milton Road test centre in Swindon in September and October 2017.

He failed to show up. Barrister Alistair Haggerty said his solicitors did not have a telephone number for Almultaji and the only email address they had for him belonged to a family member or friend.

He suffered from a number of conditions, including severe post-traumatic stress disorder related to torture he had suffered during the Syrian civil war, Mr Haggerty said.

Almultaji has already admitted an offence of being in possession of a device used in connection with fraud.

Judge Peter Crabtree issued a warrant backed for bail and listed the case for sentence on August 25.