Holly Willoughby speaking on This Morning

Disturbing details about the man charged over Holly Willoughby ‘kidnap plot’ emerge

The man appeared in court on Friday

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More details have now emerged about the alleged Holly Willoughby kidnap plot as a man appeared in court on Friday (October 6).

The This Morning presenter missed Thursday’s edition of the show as she was on police guard amid the kidnap allegations. Police arrested a man and has since charged him with soliciting to commit murder.

The identity of the man in question has emerged as well as disturbing details about the alleged plot.

Holly Willoughby on This Morning
Holly reportedly on police guard over the alleged plot (Credit: ITV)

Holly Willoughby alleged kidnap plot

The man appeared in court on Friday, accused of soliciting to commit murder and incitement to commit kidnap.

The security officer at a shopping precinct appeared in court. The court heard that he was in possession of “weapons” and had conspired with another man based in the US to carry out the “detailed plan”.

According to reports, he allegedly “solicited, encouraged, persuaded, endeavoured to persuade, or proposed” to murder the TV star.

Holly Willoughby smiling at the NTAs
A man was charged after appearing in court today (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Reports also claim that he encouraged the US-based man to travel to the UK and was “assembling a kidnap and restraint kit, capable of encouraging or assisting the commission of the kidnap” of Willoughby.

It’s now been reported that police found chloroform, cable ties, a blindfold and ropes at his home. It’s thought the plan was to use them to restrain the TV star.

He reportedly previously worked at Pizza Hut and McDonald’s, spoke in court only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

He was remanded in custody, and will next appear in court on November 3. Reports recently claimed that Holly felt “shocked and distraught” over the alleged plot.

Holly Willoughby talking on This Morning
Holly missed This Morning on Thursday while police watched her home (Credit: ITV)

What’s the latest?

According to The Sun, police reportedly found “sinister messages” threatening to kidnap and also “seriously harm” the presenter.

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An Police spokesman said earlier: “A man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to kidnap as part of an ongoing investigation. The arrest was made on Wednesday 4 October. He is currently in custody.”

A spokesperson for ITV said: “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.”

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Rebecca Carter
Associate Editor (News)