A 23-year-old Bolton man has been blamed for a major coronavirus spike in his home town after he failed to quarantine himself after returning from a clubbing holiday in Ibiza.

Layton Migas enjoyed a six-week break on the notorious party island before returning to the UK in Bolton on August 20.

According to government guidelines he should have self-isolated for 14 days after getting back but instead he had several nights out, went on a pub crawl and even at one point threw a house party.

Migas has been fined £1,000 for flouting the rules, but says he’s just being victimised because of his age.

Migas says he's being singled out because of his age and 'no-one follows the rules'

“I'd say I have definitely been scrutinised for being a young person,” he told the Sun.

Migas believes other people in his street must have informed on him: “They wouldn't have known,” he said. “It's only the neighbours that have told them.

“There's loads of people I know who didn't quarantine.

“What I actually got done for was that I was partying but I was actually in my house with the people I had been on holiday with.”

Migas returned to the UK on August 20.

Police hoping to question Migas about his behaviour called at 9am one morning and then at lunchtime the same day. Migas says he didn’t answer because he was asleep when the officers arrived.

He maintains that he isn’t carrying the virus. He hasn’t been tested because, he says, the nearest available test centre is over half an hour away: "I've not had any symptoms," he said.

"I did actually want to go for a test but there wasn't any in Bolton and the next nearest was Blackburn. It's a long way to drive if you know you're not ill.”

Migas went on a pub crawl and even threw a house party during the two weeks that he should have been isolating

Chief Inspector Nicola Williams, of Greater Manchester Police commented: “The actions of this man were completely irresponsible.

“Not only was he leaving the house while he should have been self-isolating, he also held a house party, which breached further regulations and subsequently put others at risk."

She added that Migas's £1,000 fine “should serve as a stark warning” to others who act like the rules don’t apply to them.

Migas, meanwhile, described the fine as “harsh”.

“There’s no payment plan,” he said, “you literally have to pay the £1,000 or go to court."

Bolton’s rolling seven-day rate for new Covid-19 cases shot up to 160 per 100,000 people overnight.

Latest figures for the borough show 462 new cases the seven days to September 7 – the equivalent of 160.7 per 100,000 people - higher than Leicester at its peak.

Bolton Council’s Director of Public Health Dr Helen Lowey, warned that locals would need to take extreme precautions if they wanted to avoid a Leicester-style local lockdown.

She said: “Otherwise we will face even more restrictions and that is the last thing we want. But we will be left with no choice if the rate continues to increase."