A 36-year-old man has been charged with plotting to kidnap and murder TV host Holly Willoughby.
The This Morning host, 42, left the ITV show on Thursday, and her London home is being guarded by police, according to the Sun.
Gavin Plumb, 36, of Potters Field, Harlow, has been charged with soliciting murder and inciting kidnapping.
On Friday, the suspect appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody.
The charges stem from an arrest on Wednesday, October 4th.
“This was an extremely fast-paced investigation,” Detective Superintendent Rob Kirby said, “with many of our officers and national partners working overnight to secure these charges. The safety of any victim is crucial, and we will continue to prioritize this and collaborate with the Metropolitan Police Service as the investigation progresses.”
According to The Sun, This Morning employees were told about the alleged scheme on Thursday morning, and the presenter chose to pull out minutes before she was scheduled to appear on air.
ITV ‘shocked’ and supports Willoughby
Along with the police, ITV is providing Holly Willoughby with round-the-clock security and support.
ITV official stated: “This news has come as a huge shock to everyone at This Morning and ITV. We are providing all of the support we can to Holly and her family at this incredibly distressing time.”
“We are not going to talk too much about it, but Holly is on the front pages after police arrested a 36-year-old man over an alleged kidnap plot. He has now been charged by Essex Police.” Dermot O’Leary stated on This Morning today.
“We are obviously all shocked to hear the news,” said fellow presenter Alison Hammond, “and we want to send our love and biggest hugs to Holly and her family.”
In a visit on This Morning on Friday, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he “sends his best” to Willoughby.
“I just want to say I was so sorry to hear about everything going on with Holly, just wanted to send my best,” he went on to say.
Willoughby emerged on social media on Wednesday, wishing her husband a happy birthday in an Instagram photo, followed by another picture ahead of Wednesday’s roster of guests that morning.
Lorraine Kelly, Willoughby’s ITV colleague, said the story was “very, very upsetting” on Friday’s broadcast of Lorraine.
She went on to say: “Of course, we are sending Holly all of our love and best wishes, that is a terrible thing to be having to go through for her and her family.”
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