Holly Willoughby breaks silence on kidnap plot in lengthy statement

-Credit: (Image: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
-Credit: (Image: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Holly Willoughby has broken her silence on the kidnap plot against her after a security guard was found guilty today. Gavin Plumb, 37, was convicted of devising a chilling plot to abduct, rape and kill the former This Morning star.

The court heard he had made plans to abduct her at her home using chloroform before transporting to a 'dungeon' to hold her. He was found guilty on charges of soliciting murder, incitement to kidnap, and incitement to rape and broke down in tears as the verdict was delivered.

Plumb will be sentenced on July 12. Following the verdict, Holly, 43, who waived her right to anonymity during the proceedings, has now shared her thoughts on the frightening ordeal.

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The ITV star wrote: "As women we should not be made to feel unsafe going about our daily lives and in our own homes. I am eternally thankful to the undercover officer who recognised the immediate danger, and to both the Metropolitan and Essex police for their prompt action.

"My gratitude extends to the Crown Prosecution Service, the Rt Hon Mr Justice Murray, Alison Morgan KC, the jury members, and everyone involved in this case for ensuring justice prevailed and that the culprit cannot harm any more women.

"I also want to acknowledge the courage of his past victims for coming forward at the time. Without their bravery this conviction may not have been possible."

The court had heard Plumb had a string of previous convictions relating to the false imprisonment and attempted kidnap of women, including two 16-year-old girls.