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Gavin Plumb, A man has appeared in court accused of soliciting to commit murder over an alleged plot to kidnap TV presenter Holly Willoughby. Gavin Plumb, of Potters Field, in Harlow, Essex, is also charged with incitement to commit kidnapping. The 36-year-old, who is a security officer in a shopping area of the city, appeared at a brief hearing at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court. Willoughby did not appear on Thursday’s edition of ITV’s This Morning programme. She was reportedly under police protection at her home Thursday night. Plumb, wearing a green T-shirt with the slogan ‘Aged to Perfection’, was remanded in custody to appear at a plea hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court on November 3. He is accused of “soliciting, encouraging, persuading, attempting to persuade or proposing any third party” to murder Willoughby between Tuesday and Wednesday. It is also alleged that between Monday and Thursday he was “formulating a plan with a third party.”
Gavin Plumb is 36 years old.
He allegedly “encouraged that third party to travel to the United Kingdom to carry out the plan” and was “assembling a kidnapping and restraint team, capable of encouraging or assisting the commission of the kidnapping” of Willoughby. The other man was due to arrive in the UK next week from the United States, the court heard. In a statement, Detective Superintendent Rob Kirby of Essex Police said: “This was an extremely rapid investigation, with many of our officers and national partners working through the night to secure these charges. “The protection of any victim is paramount and we will continue to prioritize this and work with the Metropolitan Police Service as the investigation progresses.” An ITV spokesperson said: “This news has come as a huge shock to everyone at This Morning and ITV. “We are providing all the support we can to Holly and her family at this incredibly distressing time.” On This Morning on Friday, presenter Dermot O’Leary said: “We’re 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 kidnapping plot.”
Co-presenter Alison Hammond said: “We are obviously all shocked to hear the news and want to send our love and biggest hugs to Holly and her family.” Prime Minister Rishi Sunak offered his support to Willoughby ahead of an interview on This Morning. “I was so sorry to hear about everything that happened to Holly and I wanted to send my best wishes to her, her family and all of you,” he said. Another presenter, Lorraine Kelly, told viewers: “[It’s] very, very upsetting and of course we send Holly all our love and best wishes. “It’s a terrible thing that she and her family have to go through.” The charges follow a turbulent few months for Willoughby, 42, who has presented This Morning since 2009. His co-presenter Phillip Schofield resigned in May and later admitted lying to colleagues about an affair with a younger colleague. Willoughby said she would continue as presenter, but she took a break from the show over the summer. The BBC approached Willoughby’s agent and publicist for comment on the alleged kidnapping plot, but they declined and directed all inquiries to the police.