Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary Express Concern and Support for Holly Willoughby Following Kidnap Threat

In a heartfelt show of solidarity, This Morning presenters Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary addressed viewers about the distressing kidnap threat against their co-host, Holly Willoughby.

Dermot, 50, commenced by informing the audience about the arrest of a 36-year-old man who had allegedly plotted to kidnap Holly.

The duo expressed their shock and extended their love and support to Holly and her family.

Alison Hammond addressed Holly Willoughby’s kidnap threat on This Morning (Image: ITV)

Prime Minister’s Well Wishes

Even Prime Minister Rishi Sunak joined in offering his well wishes to Holly ahead of his interview on the show.

The 43-year-old conveyed his best wishes and expressed concern for Holly amidst the unsettling situation.

A man has been charged with plotting to kidnap, rape and murder Holly Willoughby (Image: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Holly’s Forced Absence and Security Measures

Holly Willoughby was compelled to withdraw from the previous day’s episode of This Morning due to the distressing threat.

Police were reportedly stationed outside her home where she resides with her husband and children.

Sources described Holly as “shocked and distraught,” prompting the decision to temporarily remove her from the program.

Alison Hammond stepped in as a last-minute replacement and co-presented alongside Josie Gibson.

Holly is receiving around-the-clock security (Image: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Charges Against the Accused

In an update, it was disclosed that Gavin Plumb has been charged with plotting to kidnap, rape, and murder Holly Willoughby.

He has been remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates Court.

Detective Superintendent Rob Kirby emphasized the swift pace of the investigation, with officers working tirelessly to secure charges.

He underscored the priority of safeguarding any potential victim, vowing continued collaboration with the Metropolitan Police Service as the inquiry unfolds.

Security Measures and ITV’s Support

ITV has taken immediate steps to provide around-the-clock security and support for Holly Willoughby, working in conjunction with the police.

The incident has also elicited supportive messages from Holly’s co-stars and fellow ITV presenters.

Lorraine Kelly, during her ITV show, expressed her deep concern over the situation, labeling it “very, very upsetting.”

She concluded by sending Holly and her family heartfelt love and best wishes during this challenging time.

A Unified Response

The unity and support demonstrated by colleagues, the Prime Minister, and ITV underline the gravity of the situation and the importance of ensuring Holly Willoughby’s safety and well-being.

The incident serves as a reminder of the potential risks faced by public figures and the need for swift action and solidarity in such circumstances.

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