This Morning's travel expert Simon Calder faced vile abuse and was called a 'maggot' after sharing lockdown loopholes

THIS Morning's travel expert faced vile abuse and was called a "maggot" after sparking fury for sharing holiday lockdown loopholes.

Simon Calder revealed the abuse after he was hit with more than 100 Ofcom complaints for telling viewers how they could get away during the coronavirus pandemic.

The travel pundit said he received messages calling him "an absolute f****g knob" and "a maggot" and was told to "f**k off and stay in England" after suggesting holiday-makers could visit mid-Wales as areas of south and north Wales are under local lockdown restrictions.

Writing in his column in The Independent, Simon said he didn't mind criticism but had never "encountered such intense abuse as my well-intentioned remarks triggered this week."

He added: "And goodness, when I nominated Machynlleth, Aberystwyth and all stations to Pwllheli as an autumn break in Wales did people want to heckle.


"'Worm!”' emailed Kenneth Pedrick of Cardigan. 'Why, in God's name, are you sending the English (unbidden by anyone but you) out to the west coast of Wales to infect us with the virus when it's just about the only place in Britain left uninfected, you maggot?' He was one of the more polite commentators."

Simon continued to name and shame the trolls, and penned: "Dion Humphreys from Porthmadog wrote: 'Absolutely f***ing knob there’s a reason parts of Wales are going in to lockdown, we don’t want you lot bringing more cases to Wales. Now f*** off and stay in England.'"

It comes after Loose Women star Stacey Solomon and boyfriend Joe Swash were slammed by Welsh locals after being falsely accused of "flouting lockdown rules" on their recent camping trip.

The trip was a surprise from her actor boyfriend Joe, to mark Stacey turning 31.

But Welsh locals were less than impressed at the family holiday while many parts of the country are in lockdown to halt the spread of coronavirus.

One unhappy resident asked: "So the question here is…. will they be fined for this?

"As the government states you will be if travelling during lockdown… or is it a different rule for celebrities?????"

The pair – who were joined by sons Leighton, eight, Zachary, 12, and baby Rex – were not breaking any rules and their trip was completely legal.

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