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Mel Sykes ‘flouts quarantine rules’ in London after a trip to Venice to see toyboy lover


MELANIE Sykes seems to have breached virus quarantine rules after a trip abroad to see her toyboy lover.

The TV presenter was snapped out in London just four days after her return from Venice.

Travellers from countries not on the Government’s exemption list must isolate at home for two weeks.

But in snaps shared with her 300,000 Instagram followers on Tuesday Mel, 50, revealed she was instead at London’s posh May Fair hotel flaunting new fashion clobber.

One saw her posing outside the hotel and another showed Mel, who found fame in the 1990s in a Boddingtons Bitter ad, filming inside for ITN.

Some followers quizzed her on why she was not following the rules.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said: “It’s a blatant disregard of the rules and a complete lack of respect for other people’s wellbeing.”

Mel, a mum of two, faces a £1,000 fine.

She is editor in chief of the online magazine Frank and was in Italy for work but also hooked up with gondolier lover Riccardo Simionato, 23.

Expert Dr Bharat Pankhania reckoned: “Northern Italy has been hit severely and that’s why we have these rules.”

Mel’s agent insisted those who “frequently travel for work are exempt from quarantine on their return”.

But the Department for Transport says only those who travel abroad for work at least once a week, and prove it with a season ticket, are exempt.

Last night ITN admitted breaking the rules, blaming a “breakdown in communication” for the hotel filming rather than a “Covid-secure bubble”.

A spokeswoman said: “Staff have been spoken to and reminded of our protocols. The safety of staff, contributors and the public remain paramount.”

Melanie Sykes shares video of trip to Venice after 'fling' with gondolier

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