A trial date has been set for three men accused of robbery despite two not turning up at court.
David Hindmarch, Barry Ingham and David Rutherford were all due to appear before a judge at Teesside Crown Court.
But only Ingham turned up for the hearing.
Martin Scarborough, for Hindmarch, said his client had taken the wrong train from Hartlepool and found himself in York.
Jim Withyman, for Rutherford, said he had no explanation for his client’s non-appearance.
“I doubt he will be hard to find,” said Mr Withyman.
“He is probably wandering around Hartlepool.”
Hindmarch, 36, of Grange Road, Hartlepool; Ingham, 35, of Sheriff Street, Hartlepool; and Rutherford, 37, of Alma Street, Hartlepool, are each accused of robbery on January 19.
Lawyers for the three said they all denied the offence.
Judge Peter Armstrong ordered the trial to take place in the week of September 28. He bailed Ingham, and issued warrants for the arrest of Hindmarch and Rutherford.