A SUSPECTED thief is being hunted by police after failing to turn up at court.

Christopher McCarthy was due to appear at Lewes Crown Court after being charged with theft and handling stolen goods.

The 32-year-old, from Brighton, has three star tattoos and the name McCarthy on his neck.

McCarthy, also known as Christopher Peake, has links to Chichester and Alton in Hampshire.

If spotted, call 101 quoting serial 1294 of March 19.