Love Island bosses 'hire armed guards' to watch over stars at South Africa villa

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Love Island bosses 'hire armed guards' to watch over stars at South Africa villa

Love Island bosses are said to be looking at ramping up security at the luxury South African mansion which will be used for the show.

ITV big wigs have hired "armed guards" to protect the cast and crew in January.

Guards, electric gates, night vision CCTV, alarms and a police hotline are all said to be implemented around the property named Ludus Magnus.

"The security of both the contestants and crew is of our utmost concern and must come first," a source told The Sun.

"There is a hotline into the local police station and private armed response companies so if any threat is larger than expected, the heavy cavalry would be on their way in seconds," the insider added.

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Although, the source added that the villa has been selected for its proximity from the road and intruders could be easily "intercepted".

"The aim is to make Ludus as secure as possible, without terrifying the contestants. We want them to feel relaxed and feel comfortable during the show," they said.

As well as increased security, cast and crew will also have a 'security briefing' so they are clued up on the crime risks in the country.

Love Island bosses 'hire armed guards' to watch over stars at South Africa villaThe South African villa is set to be the nicest so far in the shows (ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

MailOnline has been told that the South African villa is the "best villa" the show has ever had.

The eco-friendly supersized mansion is nestled in the stunning mountain range at the heart of the Franschhoek wine valley in "Millionaire row".

The house is one of the biggest of the series with its own swimming pool and plenty of space for the Love Islanders to catch a tan.

Love Island bosses 'hire armed guards' to watch over stars at South Africa villa

It was also revealed that the new Casa Amor will also be on the same site as Ludus.

The first Love Island winter series aired in January 2020 - just before the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was won by Paige Turley and Finn Tapp, who are still together.

Love Island bosses 'hire armed guards' to watch over stars at South Africa villaThe mansion is set on 'Millionaire's row' (ITV)

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The couple released a joint statement after hearing that plans for a second winter series in 2021 were shelved over concerns over restrictions.

"Love Island enabled us to find love with someone that without the show, our paths would never have crossed," they said.

"We both found everything that we'd asked for in a partner in each other and we now live together in Manchester (we've been here for almost two years). We've got a new amazing group of friends and literally couldn't imagine life without each other."

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