Gavin Plumb, a 36-year-old shopping centre security officer, appeared in Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on charges related to an alleged conspiracy to kidnap and murder Holly Willoughby, a prominent British television presenter. Plumb is charged with soliciting David Nelson to commit murder and incitement to kidnap. The court learned that Nelson is expected to arrive in the U.K. from the U.S. next week. A plea hearing is scheduled for November 3rd at Chelmsford Crown Court.
Detective Superintendent Rob Kirby of Essex Police acknowledged the rapid progression of the investigation, with several officers and national partners working intensively to finalize the charges.
Willoughby, known for her roles on ITV’s “This Morning” and “Dancing on Ice,” has been absent from broadcasts since the news broke. ITV has arranged continuous security for Willoughby’s residence in collaboration with the police. An ITV spokesperson expressed the network’s shock and commitment to supporting Willoughby and her family during this distressing period.
Both Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and TV host Lorraine Kelly publicly conveyed their sympathies to Willoughby and her family.
The recent developments add to a challenging year for Willoughby. Her co-host on “This Morning,” Phillip Schofield, resigned earlier this year due to a personal scandal. Despite this, Willoughby affirmed her commitment to the show, although she did take a brief hiatus during the summer.