A 36-year-old man, Gavin Plumb, has been ordered to remain in custody after appearing in court on Friday in connection with an alleged plot to kidnap and murder Holly Willoughby, a prominent British television personality. Plumb, a shopping center security officer, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court in Essex, where he confirmed his personal details. He is charged with soliciting David Nelson to commit murder and incitement to commit a kidnapping between October 2 and 5 in Harlow, Essex. The court heard that Nelson was due to arrive in the UK from the US next week. Plumb is scheduled to appear at a plea hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court on November 3.
Earlier, Essex Police announced that the suspect was arrested on Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation into conspiracy to kidnap. Holly Willoughby, who presents ITV’s daytime program “This Morning” and “Dancing on Ice,” has been off air since Thursday. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak expressed his support for Willoughby and her family during an appearance on “This Morning,” while Lorraine Kelly addressed the story on her own program, describing it as “very, very upsetting.” ITV is providing continuous security at Willoughby’s home in addition to police assistance. An ITV spokesperson stated that the news has come as a shock to everyone at the network, and they are offering support to Willoughby and her family during this distressing time.