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Gavin Plumb is in court accused of a plot to kidnap and murder Holly Willoughby
Gavin Plumb is in court docket accused of a plot to kidnap and homicide Holly Willoughby (PA/Sourced)

A person accused of a plot to kidnap, rape and homicide Holly Willoughby mentioned “restraining and getting” the TV presenter was his “ultimate fantasy for way too long”, his trial has heard.

Gavin Plumb, 37, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday after being charged in October with soliciting a person to commit homicide, incitement to kidnap and incitement to rape.

The case is because of resume on Tuesday morning.

Prosecutor Alison Morgan KC advised jurors the purchasing centre safety officer’s previous convictions – together with tying a 16-year-old lady’s fingers behind her again with rope and tape, and the tried kidnap of girls on a practice with the specter of a gun – confirmed he knew “what it would take to terrify and overpower a woman”.

The 37-year-old is accused of conspiring on-line with one other man – encouraging him to journey to the UK from the US to hold out the alleged offences – and making a “detailed plan”, together with to assemble a “kidnap and restraint kit”.

Plumb, of Harlow, Essex, denies all costs.

Ms Willoughby has waived her proper to anonymity in reference to an accusation towards Plumb of helping or encouraging rape.

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Why can we establish Ms Willoughby?

Ms Willoughby has waived her proper to anonymity in reference to an accusation towards Plumb of helping or encouraging rape.

Alleged victims of intercourse offences or targets of intercourse offence conspiracies have a proper to automated anonymity for all times from the second an allegation is made by them or anybody else.

Ms Willoughby, 43, introduced in October final 12 months that she was stepping down from This Morning after 14 years on the ITV present.

She mentioned in a social media publish on the time that she felt “I have to make this decision for me and my family”.

The presenter has since hosted Dancing On Ice 2024 and can current a Netflix present, to be launched subsequent 12 months, by which adventurer Bear Grylls hunts down celebrities within the jungle.

Holly Willoughby is the alleged victim of a kidnap, rape and murder plot (Yui Mok/PA)
Holly Willoughby is the alleged sufferer of a kidnap, rape and homicide plot (Yui Mok/PA) (PA Archive)

Alex Ross25 June 2024 10:28

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What occurred yesterday

After the jury was sworn in, prosecutor Alison Morgan KC opened the case towards Gavin Plumb for the Crown Prosecution Service at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Plumb, a purchasing centre safety officer, was accused of hatching a plot to kidnap, rape and solicit the homicide of the star. It’s was additionally alleged that he thought of making an attempt to get employment as her safety guard to get near her.

  • Plumb has previous convictions together with the tried kidnap of a girls on a practice with the specter of a gun
  • Plumb hatched “graphic” plans to kidnap, rape and homicide Ms Willoughby with an undercover police officer from the US
  • The plans concerned making an attempt to “ambush” the presenter at her household house
  • Plumb had gathered “many hundreds” of pictures of Ms Willoughby that he had accessed on-line

Plumb, of Harlow, Essex, denies all the fees.

Andrew Langlois25 June 2024 10:16

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Day two of the trial

Live updates from court docket will resume in simply over two hours when the court docket sits once more.

Gavin Plumb is accused of plotting to kidnap, rape and homicide Holly Willoughby.

The purchasing centre safety officer, of Potters Field, Harlow, will seem at Chelmsford Crown Court shortly.

Alex Ross25 June 2024 08:13

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We will resume reside updates when court docket sits once more at 10.30am tomorrow

We are pausing our weblog and shall be resuming reside updates when court docket sits once more at 10.30am tomorrow.

Please comply with The Independent’s homepage for all the most recent within the meantime.

Tara Cobham24 June 2024 17:02

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Full story: Holly Willoughby ‘obsessed’ artificial kidnap equipment with knife, handcuffs and chloroform, court docket advised

An “obsessed” safety guard who bought a ‘kidnap kit’ and chloroform to abduct, rape and homicide Holly Willoughby knew methods to “terrify and overpower a woman”, a court docket heard.

Gavin Plumb, 37, had beforehand attacked girls utilizing each a knife and an imitation firearm earlier than he formulated an in depth plan to kidnap and kill the tv persona in a house invasion.

A trial heard it was his “ultimate fantasy” to focus on Ms Willoughby, 43, and he had bought metallic cable ties, a knife and chloroform – a liquid drug used to stupefy victims – in preparation for an alleged assault.

Crime correspondent Amy-Clare Martin has the total story from Chelmsford Crown Court:

Tara Cobham24 June 2024 16:50

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Court adjourns for day

Court has adjourned for the day at Chelmsford Crown Court.

The trial of Gavin Plumb will proceed at 10.30am tomorrow.

Tara Cobham24 June 2024 16:33

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Kidnap plans – which concerned ‘catastrophic violence’ – had been interrupted by arrest, court docket advised

Ms Morgan KC advised Chelmsford Crown Court: “The defendant’s planning of these offences was interrupted by his arrest. He never got to the point of encountering Holly Willoughby.

“She did not meet him and the offences that the Prosecution alleges against this defendant, which if carried out would have involved catastrophic violence against her, were disrupted.”

Amy-Clare Martin at Chelmsford Crown Court24 June 2024 15:44

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When arrested, jurors advised Plumb mentioned: ‘I’m not gonna lie. She’s a fantasy of mine.’

The defendant was arrested on 4 October final 12 months after the undercover US officer alerted the FBI and the Metropolitan Police.

He was shocked when police arrived at his house in Harlow, Essex, the court docket heard.

When the fees had been defined to him, he responded: “I’m not gonna lie. She is a fantasy of mine.”

Amy-Clare Martin at Chelmsford Crown Court24 June 2024 15:42

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Plumb had 10,322 pictures of Holly Willoughby on his cellphone, court docket hears

Police who analysed Gavin Plumb’s cell phone discovered that he had 10,322 pictures of Holly Willoughby in a folder known as “Holly”, a court docket heard.

Prosecutor Alison Morgan KC advised Chelmsford Crown Court: “There was a folder in fact on the defendant’s telephone which was called ‘Holly’ and it contained 10,322 images of Holly Willoughby.”

She mentioned that officers defined to Plumb that costs associated to a conspiracy to kidnap Ms Willoughby and he responded: “I’m not gonna lie. She is a fantasy of mine.”

Gavin Plumb appearing at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court last year
Gavin Plumb showing at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court final 12 months (PA Archive)

Tara Cobham24 June 2024 15:30

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Defendant shared video of ‘kit’ together with shackles, ball gag and cable ties, court docket advised

Plumb shared a video with an undercover police officer of his “kit” laid out on a mattress.

Alison Morgan KC advised the court docket the footage confirmed gear together with hand and ankle shackles, a ball gag, rope, metallic cable ties and handcuffs.

These gadgets would later be discovered on the defendant’s house handle, the jury was advised.

Amy-Clare Martin at Chelmsford Crown Court24 June 2024 15:22

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