A WARRANT has been issued after a man who admitted inciting a teenage girl to engage in sexual activity failed to turn up at court.

Shaun Ridley (36), of Centurion Way, Heddon-on-the-Wall, pleaded guilty on July 11 to inciting a girl aged between 13 and 15 to engage in non-penetrative sexual activity. It related to an incident on April 1, 2017.

He was due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday for sentencing, but he did not appear.

The court issued a warrant for his arrest.