A holidaymaker who did not self-isolate after returning was partly responsible for the "extreme spike" in coronavirus cases according to the head of Bolton Council.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Bolton Council's leader David Greenhalgh said the area’s high rate of coronavirus infections had been linked back to pubs in the town and a “cohort of people” who refused to follow guidance.

Cllr Greenhalgh said: "We had somebody who did not adhere to quarantine, did not stay the 14 days, literally went on a pub crawl with a number of mates.

"From that incident which took place over a weekend, (they) visited a number of premises, led to a large number of individual transmissions from that one person which you can imagine then is like holding back the tide because he then became symptomatic two days after they had all gone on this pub crawl.

"He was positive-tested the following day.

"That is four or five days where all the people he was in contact with have been going about their normal day-to-day business."

Earlier this month 23-year-old Layton Migas, from Doffcocker, was fined £1,000 for failing to self-isolate after returning from a holiday in Ibiza and hosting a house party.

It is not known whether the individual mentioned by Cllr Greenhalgh has been fined for breaching regulations.

Leaders in Bolton had been arguing for restrictions, placed on all of Greater Manchester, to be lifted at the end of August before the borough saw a spike which led to the highest rates of infection in the country.

Bolton is now subject to tougher measures than the rest of England, with hospitality venues only allowed to operate as takeaways and ordered to shut by 10pm.