A warrant has been issued for the arrest of an art dealer charged with stealing over a £1 million.

Angela Gulbenkian, 37, of Bessborough House, Battersea is charged with two counts of theft totalling £1,111,484.

The warrant for her arrest in Germany was issued at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday after Gulbenkian failed to turn up at court for a second time.

She is accused of one charge of theft by finding involving £1,061,484 belonging to Art Incorporated Limited and one charge of stealing £50,000 from client Jacqui Ball after she was tasked by Ms Ball with procuring a sculpture by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, entitled Yellow Pumpkin.

A second adjournment request was unsuccessfully lodged by Gulbenkian's lawyer Euan Macmillan on the grounds of ill-health.

It was opposed by prosecutor Michael Mallon who called into doubt the "provenance" of a doctor's letter supporting the adjournment request.

Bench chairwoman Claire Harris said: "We considered very carefully and do have substantial concern about this document and the ambiguity of the document, so we will not grant an adjournment.

"We are going to issue an arrest warrant without bail. If defence provides satisfactory evidence, defence can return to the court to make a submission."

The previous listing for the case on May 21 was adjourned for four weeks because Gulbenkian was said to have undergone a surgical procedure in Germany on May 21 and needed time to recuperate.

She was charged on April 13.