Warrant issued for boxer Herbie Hide's arrest

Herbie Hide (left)
Image caption Herbie Hide (left) was world champion between 1997 and 1999

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of boxer Herbie Hide after he failed to pay fines imposed by a court.

Hide, 41, from Bawburgh, near Norwich, was ordered to pay a total of £1,515 when he was convicted of assault, at Norwich Crown Court in June 2011.

Norwich Magistrates' Court issued a warrant with bail at a hearing that Hide did not attend.

In February, the former world heavyweight champion was ordered to pay the fines or face 45 days in prison.

Hide held the World Boxing Organisation version of the heavyweight title twice, including a two-year reign from 1997 to 1999.

'Can't sign on'

The conditions of the warrant give police the power to arrest him and immediately release him on bail to appear in court.

After pleading guilty to assault last year, Hide was ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to his victim, a £350 fine, £150 costs and £15 to funds in support of victims of crime.

At a hearing before magistrates in February, Hide said the fines were "a little bit too much" and that he had been told to plead guilty to assault by his lawyer.

Magistrates told him they could do nothing about the conviction or the level of fine, and advised him to seek legal advice. He was told to pay the fees before 30 March.

Hide previously told the court he was having money troubles.

He said: "I am a boxer, my work is fighting and I'm trying to get a big fight... but I can't sign on and I'm not fighting."

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