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Arrest warrant issued for bankrupt footballer 2 May 2013

An arrest warrant for former England and Aston Villa footballer Lee Hendrie has been issued by Warwick Combined Court on 29 April 2013.

Hendrie, 36, was declared bankrupt in January 2012. The arrest warrant has been issued following his failure to appear in Court on charges relating to his bankruptcy.

Nick Simmonds and Mark Sands of RSM Tenon were appointed as joint trustees to deal with Hendries affairs.

Guy Thomas of Taylor Walton LLP, the trustee’s lawyer, said: “It’s unfortunate that the Court has had to resort to an arrest warrant but people ignore Court orders at their peril.

“We are hopeful that this can still be quickly resolved. All bankrupts, no matter their job or status, have a duty to co-operate with insolvency proceedings.

“The trustee in bankruptcy has a duty to investigate the bankrupt’s affairs and their duty is to act in the interest of all creditors.”

Despite earning weekly salaries of over £30,000 with Aston Villa and a reported yearly salary of £350,000 during a spell for Indonesian club Bandung in 2011, Hendrie accumulated substantial debts with the HMRC.

Hendrie reportedly twice attempted to take his own life in January 2012.

Hendrie began his career at Aston Villa, winning the ‘Young Player of the Season’ award during the 1997-1998 season and made his only appearance for England in November 1998.

He left Aston Villa in 2007 and went on to play for a number of lower division clubs. Hendrie currently plays for Blue Square Premier league club Tamworth.

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