In a startling turn of events, a 36-year-old man is currently under investigation regarding a purported scheme to kidnap popular TV presenter Holly Willoughby. The 42-year-old host of ‘This Morning’ chose to withdraw from the ITV show on Thursday, with reports indicating that her London residence is now being safeguarded by law enforcement.
Essex Police have confirmed the arrest of the suspect on Wednesday, citing suspicions of conspiracy to kidnap, and he remains in custody. Notably, the individual does not have any known connection to the presenter.
ITV, alongside the police, is ensuring continuous security and assistance for Holly, underscoring the gravity of the situation.
The alleged plot emerged when ‘This Morning’ producers were alerted, prompting Holly’s last-minute withdrawal from the show. Reports suggest that there were distressing messages discovered on electronic devices, posing a credible threat to her well-being.
As investigations unfold, the police are maintaining a visible presence outside the suspect’s residence. Holly’s London home is also now under round-the-clock guard, where she resides with her husband and three children.
This unnerving incident adds to what has already been a turbulent year for Holly, who faced previous controversies involving co-host Phillip Schofield and later grappled with Schofield’s publicized affair, which left her feeling deeply betrayed.