I’M A Celebrity… bosses were on high alert last night – after security personnel tackled an intruder a few feet from the show’s camp.
The intruder managed to evade the program’s elaborate six-tier security system, which includes bulletproof detection robots.
Gwrych Castle security network breached by intruder[/caption]
They failed to make it inside the castle[/caption]
The main camp is heavily guarded[/caption]
The panic was triggered after the unarmed raider slipped through security and entered the grounds of Gwrych Castle.
Quick-witted guards managed to locate the individual who was pushed to the perimeter and sent on their way.
The man did not come into contact with celebrities or hosts Ant and Dec, but was near the castle walls.
If they had made it into the camp, it could have forced the whole show to air, which would have shattered the program’s COVID bubble.
The breach comes just as show favorite Richard Madeley had to step down due to an emergency hospital run that reportedly shattered the bio-secure bubble the celebrities had formed.
An ITV source said: “The intruder in question attempted to break into the race earlier but failed.
“Everyone is on high alert because the safety of the actors, the care and everyone involved is obviously the number one priority.
“It was a close call, but the quick-witted security personnel realized there had been a breach due to various elements of the kit they put in place – including the systems Armadillo – and he was immediately kicked from the site.
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“He was not far from entering the castle itself, where the celebrities are located. I have no idea what would have happened if this had been the case as it could have been a burst of the COVID bubble and could have put the whole show in jeopardy. It’s a real headache for safety and the crew.
“They’re hoping it’s the last of this kind of incident and everyone can focus on the show. “
An ITV spokesperson confirmed the break-in and told The Sun: “A security breach has been identified and an intruder has been evicted from the premises with immediate effect. The safety of our celebrities and our production team remains our primary concern. “
We explained earlier this week that ITV bosses spared no expense in security after a number of close calls.
They installed bulletproof detection robots around the filming site in an attempt to deter intruders.
State-of-the-art security systems – which resemble Doctor Who’s Tardis on legs – are bristling with sensors, cameras, deaf sirens and blinding lights.
The 4-foot-tall robots, often used by British police forces, are positioned around the perimeter of the site with the aim of scaring anyone trying to gain illegal access.
Huge techno-guards can easily detect intruders and operators can trigger blinding lights from a distance.
They are part of the six security levels around the Grade I listed Gwrych Castle in Abergele, Conwy.
The bosses have multiple layers of tall fences, multiple guard patrols, and checkpoints where ID must be presented to get close to where this year’s celebrities are staying.
Every night, security personnel shine torches on nearby trees in case intruders wait for nightfall.
They also have a new kit that can disable drones flying near the castle.
A van parked near the castle detects the flying kit pieces, and if they get too close to the Grade I listed building, they can take control and land it safely.
The source added: “They have improved their technology this year. But it still proves difficult to keep a few idiots out.
Richard Madeley had to leave the castle after falling ill[/caption]
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