Holly Willoughby on This Morning

‘Distraught’ Holly Willoughby ‘under police guard as man charged over alleged kidnap plot’

The presenter had police protection outside her home

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Holly Willoughby was absent from This Morning on Thursday due to an alleged kidnapping plot.

On Thursday’s show, Alison Hammond replaced the mum of three. Alison and Josie Gibson didn’t give a reason behind Holly’s absence.

Now, reports have claimed that Holly has been left “shocked and distraught” after learning she had become the subject of “sinister messages” from a man who had allegedly plotted to kidnap her.

Her co-stars Alison and Dermot O’Leary have since sent her a message live on This Morning today (October 6).

Holly Willoughby on This Morning
Holly Willoughby has a police guard at her home, reports claim (Credit: ITV)

Holly Willoughby alleged kidnapping plot

Speaking on Friday’s This Morning, Dermot said: “We have to start with a story about one of our own. Holly is on the front pages this morning after police arrested a man over an alleged kidnap plot. He’s now been charged by Police.”

Alison added: “We’re obviously all shocked to hear the news and we want to send our love and biggest hugs to Holly and her family.”

Alison Hammond looking at Dermot O'Leary on This Morning
Dermot and Alison sent a message to Holly on This Morning (Credit: ITV)

The Sun claims that Holly was under police guard at her home as officers arrested a man. Police confirmed they took a man – not known to the star – into custody.

Police allegedly found “sinister messages” threatening to kidnap and “seriously harm” the presenter.

In images obtained by the publication, a police car reportedly remained outside Holly’s family home. Meanwhile, a police car remained outside the man’s flat.

A neighbour reportedly said: “I saw him being led out of his flat in handcuffs last night at about nine o’clock.”

Josie Gibson and Alison Hammond ong This Morning
Holly was replaced by Alison on Thursday’s This Morning (Credit: ITV)

Man arrested

Another person said: “The police car has been there all day. Earlier on there was a forensics van.”

In addition, a source has reportedly told The Sun: “Investigations are continuing but police are treating this as a credible conspiracy to ­kidnap Holly.

“There were apparently some sinister and threatening messages found on electronic devices threatening to seriously harm her.”

Holly Willoughby at NTAs
Holly missed This Morning on Thursday (Credit: SplashNews.com)

An Police spokesman told The Independent: “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.”

There were apparently some sinister and threatening messages found on electronic devices threatening to seriously harm her.

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ED! has contacted a rep for Holly for comment.

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Rebecca Carter
Associate Editor (News)