A district judge in Blackpool has issued a warrant for the arrest of Abdulah Husseni - a "lookalike" of Friends star David Schwimmer - after he failed to attend court on charges of theft and fraud.

Social media users pointed out the likeness to Schwimmer's character Ross Geller in the popular US sitcom when police in Blackpool posted an image of a man leaving a restaurant on September 20 and carrying what appeared to be a carton of beer cans.

On Tuesday, District Judge Jane Goodwin issued a warrant not backed for bail after Husseni, 36, of Spencer Road, Slough, failed to answer his summons.

The defendant had received instructions by post to come to the court for 9.30am.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest.