Love Island’s £5.3m villa in Cape Town ‘is caught up in rampant gang war following recent nightclub shooting’
- Armed guards have been drafted in to protect the Winter Love Island villa
- Extreme Security Measures owner Timothy Lotter was murdered in one of the world’s most dangerous cities on Sunday, where the 12 new singletons are set to reside
- ITV bosses are taking no chances as the six-week series is set to be filmed in Cape Town, one of the world’s most dangerous cities
- Among the latest intake is Sophie Piper, the sister of television presenter Rochelle Humes
- A Love Island spokesman told MailOnline: ‘The safety and security of our Islanders and crew are of the utmost importance’
- The new series will begin on January 12
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Love Island’s South African villa is said to be in the midst of a ‘rampant gang war’ following a recent shooting in Cape Town.
Extreme Security Measures owner Timothy Lotter was murdered in one of the world’s most dangerous cities on Sunday, where the 12 new singletons are set to reside for six weeks and will be guarded by patrolling armed services.
According to The Sun, non-profit organisation The Conservation has reported that the country will be protected by the army in a bid to reduce ‘rampant violence and crime’, after the police force’s failed attempt.
Danger: Love Island’s South African villa is said to be in the midst of a ‘rampant gang war’ following a recent shooting in Cape Town
Over the weekend, Tim, 47, was shot multiple times as he tried to escape his attackers, with his death rumoured to be linked to the Sexy Boys gang.
A source told IOL: ‘Prior to his death Lotter was allegedly linked to the nightclub security controlled by the Sexy Boys and other underworld figures.
‘It is alleged he jumped ship and joined forces with rivals in the underworld and when the Sexy Boys got wind of it, decided to take him out.
Tragedy: An Extreme Security Measures owner was murdered in one of the world’s most dangerous cities on Sunday, where the 12 singletons will reside (pictured: host Laura Whitmore last month)
‘His move to rival underworld figures would have resulted in huge financial losses to the Sexy Boys.’
The news comes after it was reported that the Love Islanders are set to be protected by armed guards, as the show’s bosses parry kidnap concerns.
As well as TV crews being given training on dealing with any potential security, breach guards will be on constant watch.
Efforts: Non-profit organisation The Conservation has reported that the country will be protected by the army in a bid to reduce ‘rampant crime’ (stock photo of Cape Town)
A Love Island spokesman told MailOnline: ‘The safety and security of our Islanders and crew are of the utmost importance’.
An insider told The Daily Star: ‘Producers aren’t taking any chances. It’s been arranged for armed guards to patrol the compound throughout the series.
‘If it’s known to everyone in the area that a big TV show is in town, then it will become a target.’
Looking for love: Among the latest intake is Sophie Piper, the sister of television presenter Rochelle Humes
The exact location of the villa is a staunch secret to protect the staff and contestants in the city where the murder rate has risen by 30 per cent in six years.
Among the latest intake is Sophie Piper, the sister of television presenter Rochelle Humes.
Laura Whitmore will host the series as Caroline Flack stands down after being charged with assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27. The Irish presenter joins forces with her boyfriend and the show’s voiceover artist, Iain Stirling.
WINTER LOVE ISLAND 2020: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Pop star sibling: Sophie’s sister is Rochelle Humes
Name: Sophie Piper
Occupation: Medical PA
Claim to fame? Half-sister of The Saturdays star-turned-TV presenter Rochelle Humes.
Celebrity crush? ‘Anthony Joshua. Whenever I see him fight, I yell, “Come on, use your right hook!” I have no idea what I’m talking about.’
What song sums up your love life? ‘All By Myself by Celine Dion – that’s how it feels at the moment!’
Twinning: Love Island are instaling twins into the villa this year
Names: Eve and Jess Gale
Occupation: VIP hostesses and students
Claim to fame? [Eve] ‘Tyga, Kylie Jenner’s ex, messaged me. We were both at an event and I posted an Instagram story tagging him. He then messaged me afterwards and we spoke on WhatsApp. Then when me and Jess were in Ibiza, he was there again. He asked me to meet him but we arrived the day he left. Pop Smoke, the R‘n’B rapper, messaged me too.’
Party Trick: ‘We are the party trick!’
Land and gentry: Ollie believes that he ‘bosses the room wherever he goes’
Name: Ollie Williams
Occupation: Heir to the Lanhydrock
Claim to fame? ‘My father is Lord of the Manor of Lanhydrock. The family title is Viscount Clifden. When my father passes away or abdicates, as the eldest child, I will take on the titles and the estate.’
Dating disasters? Once got cat-fished by a 50-year-old man.
No no no! Shaughna won’t put up with f**kboys [anymore!]
Name: Shaughna Phillips
Occupation: Democratic services officer
Best feature? ‘My lips. I spent enough money on them!’
Celebrity crush? ‘[Love Island 2018 winner] Jack Fincham is a bit of me on toast!’
Dating disasters? ‘Being on a first date with a guy and getting a cab home to mine and my most recent ex-boyfriend was sat outside my house in his car crying!’
Leanne Leanne! ‘I’m a 10. If you don’t love yourself, who will?’
Name: Leanne Amaning
Occupation: Customer service advisor
Dating disasters? ‘A guy once started rapping acapella to me. I was sat there awkwardly and had to clap afterwards.’
How far are you prepared to go in the villa to get the guy you want? ‘If I want something, I’ll get it.’
Fancy a cuppa? Connor is a coffee bean salesman
Name: Connor Durman
Occupation: Coffee bean salesman
Fun Fact: He was a naked waiter in Sydney.
Dating history: ‘I went on a date with a girl. She asked me back to her house for some more drinks and let’s just say I ended up getting on really well with her housemate…’
You’re fired! Mike’s brother was on The Apprentice
Name: Mike Boateng
Occupation: Police Officer
Claim to fame? I know a few footballer friends from my football days. Dominic Calvert-Lewin played with me at Sheffield United. My brother, Samuel, was on The Apprentice a few years ago.’
Good at flirting? ‘I’m lucky because of my job I can use the cheeky lines about getting handcuffs out! It normally works!’
Love me, love me! Siânnise likes herself a bit of Romeo + Juliet-era Leo
Name: Siânnise Fudge
Occupation: Beauty consultant
Ideal man? ‘Tall dark and handsome – my friends call me Princess Jasmine. I’m after my own Aladdin, I guess.’
Celebrity crush? 90s Leonardo DiCaprio.
Got talent? Paige was on Britain’s Got Talent 2012 age 1. She sang in front of Alesha Dixon and Simon Cowell, leaving them impressed
Name: Paige Turley
Location: West Lothian
Claim to fame? ‘[Singer] Lewis Capaldi is my ex boyfriend. We went out when we were younger, I was about 17 or 18. We were together for about a year. It ended really amicably and we’re still pals.’
Oddly specific! ‘I always fancy girls with dark hair, tanned skin, red lipstick and white nail polish’
Name: Callum Jones
Ideal woman: ‘I always fancy girls with dark hair, tanned skin, red lipstick and white nail polish.’
Celebrity crush? Megan Fox.
What song sums up your love life? La Bouche, Be My Lover.
Name: Nas Majeed
Occupation: Sports science graduate and builder
Celebrity crush? Naomi Scott [Princess Jasmine in the live-action remake of Aladdin].
…and while many of the first batch of contestants won’t last very long, there’ll be more sent through the door in due course…