AN EGREMONT man has been fined £100 after he admitted flouting the coronavirus lockdown rules - by being in somebody else’s home.

On April 17, Matthew Ian Donaldson, 28, of King’s Drive, was found by police to be at Queen’s Drive, a short distance from his home address in the town, Carlisle’s Rickergate magistrates’ court heard.

The charge stated that his behaviour was an offence because Donaldson was found at somebody else’s address “during the emergency period without reasonable excuse”.

This amounted to a breach of the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. In addition to the fine, the defendant must pay a victim surcharge of £34.

He must also pay court costs of £85.

Magistrates said their sentence took into account the defendant’s guilty plea. He will be allowed to pay the £219 he owes to the court at a rate of £20 per month.