The man accused of trying to kidnap and murder Holly Willoughby allegedly had a detailed plan drawn up.
Gavin Plumb, 36, appeared in court yesterday after police raided his Essex home earlier this week.
The 35-stone father-of-two was arrested after police received a tip-off about his alleged plot.
When officers searched Plumb’s home, they believed they found chloroform, zip ties, a blindfold and rope.
They believed this may have been part of a “kidnap and bondage set.”
It emerged that police also believed Plumb was trying to recruit a hitman in the US to carry out the plot.
Officials assumed the “killer” would travel to Britain as early as next week to carry out the plan.
After raiding Plumb’s home, police charged him with solicitation to commit murder and solicitation of a kidnapping.
The 36-year-old appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court yesterday wearing a green T-shirt with the words ‘Aged to Perfection’ written on it.
He spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth, address and place of work.
Shefa Begum, prosecuting, told the court: “In this matter, he made detailed plans with another to kidnap and murder.
“He had organized flights and transfers to carry out these crimes.”
Plumb was refused bail by District Judge Caroline Jackson and will appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on November 3.
He worked at Pinnacles Shopping Center in Harlow, Essex, having previously had to give up jobs at Pizza Hut and McDonald’s because of his increasing weight.
This Morning presenter Holly, 42, has been under round-the-clock surveillance since details of the alleged plot emerged.
Police officers are stationed outside the London home she lives with husband Dan Baldwin and their three children.
It goes without saying that ITV offers security and support.
This Morning bosses were made aware of the alleged plot on Thursday morning and the presenter decided to step away shortly before it was broadcast.
On the show yesterday, regular Friday presenter Dermot O’Leary said: “We won’t talk about it too much, but Holly is on the front pages after police arrested a 36-year-old man over an alleged kidnap plot.”