A nightclub brawler has done just half of his unpaid work since being sentenced last summer.

Jake Gibbons, 27, was given 175 hours of community service in July last year after admitting his part in a fight outside Medina nightclub 17 months earlier.

But the probation service brought the order back to Swindon Crown Court this week in order to extend the court order. Only 85 hours of the unpaid work had been done since it was imposed last July.

Judge Jason Taylor QC said: “For some reason he seems to be sticking his head in the sand. We need to find out why.”

When he failed to turn up,at court for the hearing on Tuesday morning, the judge issued a warrant for Gibbons’ arrest.

Gibbons, of Welbeck Road, was one of five men involved in the brawl in February 2018, which started after some of the men were thrown out of Medina nightclub following an incident on the dancefloor.

Rather than go home, the men were involved in a 20-man brawl in Theatre Square.