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I’m A Celebrity almost left in jeopardy after security tackle an intruder metres from the camp

‘It was a close call’: I’m A Celebrity almost left in jeopardy after security staff tackle an intruder metres from the camp

  • Despite the ITV programme’s complex six tier security system, the trespasser was able to find their way into the grounds of Gwrych Castle on Thursday night
  • The show could have been forced off air due to a COVID bubble breach if it wasn’t for quick-thinking guards who managed to locate the intruder
  • It was reported that security staff tackled the unarmed man metres from the show’s camp
  • Even though he did not come into contact with the celebrities or hosts Ant and Dec, he was within touching distance of the castle walls  
  • All the security stops have been pulled out this year in a bid to deter raiders 


I’m A Celebrity was almost left in jeopardy on Thursday night after it was reported that security staff tackled an intruder metres from the show’s camp.

Despite the programme’s complex six tier security system, comprising of bulletproof detection robots, an unarmed trespasser was able to find their way into the grounds of Gwrych Castle.

Without the alertness of the guards, who managed to locate the troublemaker, the ITV show could have been forced off air as the strict COVID bubble would have been breached. 

‘It was a close call’: I’m A Celebrity was almost left in jeopardy on Thursday after security staff tackled an intruder metres from the camp

Even though the man did not come into contact with the celebrities or hosts Ant and Dec, he was within touching distance of the castle walls, leaving bosses of the fan-favourite show on high alert.    

An ITV source detailed to The Sun: ‘It was a close call but the quick-thinking security staff realised there had been a breach due to various pieces of kit they have set up – including the Armadillo systems – and he was thrown off site immediately.’

They added that it’s been a ‘real headache’ for the security and crew and they hope it’s the last of this type of incident.  

Almost disastrous: Even though the unarmed trespasser did not come into contact with the celebrities or hosts Ant and Dec, he was within touching distance of the castle walls

Almost disastrous: Even though the unarmed trespasser did not come into contact with the celebrities or hosts Ant and Dec, he was within touching distance of the castle walls 

An ITV spokesperson confirmed the break-in and told the publication: ‘A security breach was identified and an intruder was removed from the location with immediate effect. 

‘The safety of both our celebrities and our production crew remains our primary concern.’

MailOnline has contacted ITV representatives for comment.

On high alert: Despite the programme's complex six tier security system, the intruder was able to find their way into the grounds of Gwrych Castle

On high alert: Despite the programme’s complex six tier security system, the intruder was able to find their way into the grounds of Gwrych Castle

All the security stops have been pulled out this year in a bid to deter raiders.

As well as the bulletproof detection robots, bosses have also ensured that the site is brimming with cameras, sensors and blinding lights. 

Each evening, security staff shine bright torch beams into nearby trees in case intruders seek the nightfall as the perfect opportunity to break in – and impressive new kit can deactivate drones flying near the castle.

Safety first: All the stops have been pulled out this year with security, in a bid to deter raiders

Safety first: All the stops have been pulled out this year with security, in a bid to deter raiders

The almost disastrous turn of events comes as a ‘gutted’ Richard Madeley reassured Ant and Dec he was ‘fit as a fiddle’ and has been given a ‘clean bill of health’ in his first interview after leaving the I’m A Celebrity camp during Friday night’s episode.

In a pre-recorded chat the broadcaster, 65, told the Geordie duo that ‘if it wasn’t for Covid, he’d still be in the game’ and that ITV were ‘adamant’ he was sent to hospital to be checked over.

In a major blow to the show as one of their top signings, Richard was taken ill on Thursday morning hours after participating in a gruelling trial and now can’t return as he has broken the show’s ‘Covid bubble’.

Doing well: The almost disastrous turn of events comes as a 'gutted' Richard Madeley reassured Ant and Dec he was 'fit as a fiddle' in his first interview after leaving the I'm A Celebrity camp

Doing well: The almost disastrous turn of events comes as a ‘gutted’ Richard Madeley reassured Ant and Dec he was ‘fit as a fiddle’ in his first interview after leaving the I’m A Celebrity camp

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