I’M A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here! bosses have installed bulletproof detection robots around the filming site in a bid to deter intruders.
The cutting-edge security systems — which look like Doctor Who’s Tardis on legs — are bristling with sensors, cameras, ear-splitting sirens and blinding lights.
ITV chiefs are worried about YouTube pranksters, criminals or even members of the public getting access to the castle set and the campmates — so are relying on the expensive sentries, called Armadillos, to keep watch.
The 4ft-tall robots, often used by UK police forces, are positioned around the perimeter of the site in a bid to spook anyone trying to gain illegal access.
The imposing techno-guards can easily detect intruders — and operators can remotely trigger blinding lights.
They are among six levels of security around the Grade I-listed Gwrych Castle, in Abergele, Conwy.
Bosses have several layers of high fencing, multiple patrolling guards and checkpoints where ID must be shown to get anywhere close to where this year’s celebrities are staying.
Every night, security staff shine bright torch beams into nearby trees in case intruders are waiting for nightfall.
A source said: “The Amardillo is the leading piece of security kit available in the UK. It looks like something out of Doctor Who, but if you came face to face with it you’d crap your pants.
“It can emit a deafening alarm 16 times as loud as a car starting. It would cause anyone close to it some serious discomfort.
“Its lights would startle even the most accomplished of criminals and its sensors won’t miss a thing.
“ITV bosses are confident that even just the presence of the Armadillo, let alone the other layers of security, should be enough to keep Ant and Dec and everyone else safe.”
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The drastic step-up in security comes after a local mum managed to get within the walls of the castle days before filming, after giving security staff the slip.
Emma Louise, 39, from Liverpool, was collecting her caravan near the castle with partner Andrew, 36, when they decided to drive towards it.
The duo managed to motor straight past the first checkpoint without needing to show ID.
And ultimately, they made it all the way to the set to take in scenes including the famous kiosk — Ye Olde Shoppe — trucks full of costumes, camera equipment, and even made it to the front of the castle walkway.
The show swapped Murwillumbah, in New South Wales, Australia, for the Welsh castle last year after the global pandemic prevented flights.
Bosses were then forced to host the hit show in the temporary location for a second year after uncertainty over border rules Down Under.
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