A WOMAN who failed to fill out a passenger locator form prior to re-entry into England amid the Covid-19 pandemic has been fined more than £1,000.

The case of Zainab Bibi, 77, of Kay Street, Brierfield, was heard at Tameside Magistrates' Court on Monday, June 6.

The court heard how Bibi had travelled from Doha, the capital city of Qatar in the Middle East, to Manchester Airport on February 12, 2021.

It was found proven through a single justice procedure that she had "failed without reasonable excuse to provide passenger information on their Passenger Locator Form on arrival".

At that time, the country was in the midst of its third national lockdown - triggered by the spread of the Alpha variant which originated in Kent and also to try and allow the NHS vaccination programme to begin as effectively as possible.

People entering England from foreign nations were required by law to fill out this document. 

The case was found proved by magistrates, who fined Bibi £1,100 and ordered her to pay costs of £85 and to pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £110, for a total amount of £1,295, which has to be paid in full by July 4.