Judge issues warrant for arrest of Axford drug dealer

Written by Peter Davison on .

Swindon Crown CourtSwindon Crown CourtA judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of a drug dealer from Axford who is accused of refusing to do his community service.

Liam Livingstone was ordered to do 140 hours of unpaid work when he was put on a suspended sentence in January, with 14 hours added in August for an earlier breach.

But the 26-year-old has again failed to turn up to do the work, Swindon Crown Court was told, and he also did not show up the hearing.

Lucy Plumpton, representing probation, said Livingstone had telephoned the court to say he would not be attending as he was at work in Manchester.

She said that the probation expected the hours of work to be completed within a year of the sentence being passed.

"It is not just the lack of time but the lack of willingness, he says he is doing something else: 'I have a job and I won't be doing the hours'," she said.

He is also meant to complete a thinking skills programme and 15 days of rehabilitation activity requirement as part of the sentence.

After he failed to attend the hearing Judge Peter Blair QC issued a warrant without bail to bring him before the court.