A MAN who failed to fill out a passenger locator form before entry to England amid the Covid-19 pandemic has been fined almost £1,300.

Milica Doru Lautaru, of Burlington Street, Nelson, was trying to travel from Coquelles, near the port city of Calais in France, to the UK via the Channel Tunnel on May 9, 2021.

At the time, British citizens were required to fill out a passenger locator form prior to their arrival back in the country in a bid to control the spread of Covid-19, and the UK was still in Step 2 of the roadmap out of lockdown.

Lautaru, 41, 'failed without reasonable excuse to provide passenger information on their Passenger Locator Form on so presenting', it was found proven at Tameside Magistrates' Court on Monday, June 6.

He was fined £1,100 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £110, for a total of £1,295, and has until July 4 to pay it in full.