A SUSPECTED fraudster, wanted by police, could be in Colchester.

Christopher Baines, 46, failed to turn up for a hearing at Swindon Crown Court.

It is alleged he cheated dozens of customers out of a total of £44,000.

Police have now issued a warrant for his arrest and said he could be in Swindon, Manchester or Colchester, Essex.

He is described as a white male, approximately 6ft tall, of a heavy build with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Clive Reed in the Fraud Unit at Gablecross Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.