A 28-year-old man caught on camera hurling lumps of concrete at the police during an English Defence League demonstration in Bradford city centre was ordered to appear at Court today or be arrested.

Michael Currie failed to attend Bradford Crown Court yesterday to be sentenced for an affray on Saturday, August 28, last year.

Currie sent a doctor’s note saying he was unwell because of anxiety and unfit for work for a fortnight.

His barrister, Thomas Gilbart, said he was encouraged by his solicitor to attend but said he was unable to.

The sentencing judge, The Recorder of Bradford, Judge James Stewart QC, said: “I would be anxious if I was in his position, frankly.”

The judge added: “I don’t see that as a basis for his not being here.”

Mr Gilbart said Currie was at home in Blackburn. He had again been spoken to by his solicitor and was now making every effort to attend court.

Alisha Kaye, for the prosecution, told Judge Stewart Currie, of Beechwood Mews, Roman Road, Blackburn, had four previous matters recorded against him for failing to attend court.

Judge Stewart adjourned the hearing until 10am today.

Currie travelled to Bradford on a bus with supporters of the English Defence League for the rally.

He was caught on CCTV standing in an elevated position at the Westfield building site throwing lumps of concrete at police officers.

He was arrested in April after images of those wanted by the police were widely circulated.

It is believed he was recognised by a football liaison officer.

Currie pleaded guilty to affray on November 10 and his case was adjourned until yesterday for a probation service report.