Friends and family of 'Crossbow cannibal' killer Stephen Griffiths is reported by close pals as being 'inconsolable' after losing his position as the bookies' favourite for 'Britain's got Weapons'. 'We're worried this could push him over the edge and make him do something really stupid,' said a friend yesterday.
Bookies have been equally shocked by the sudden change in Griffith's prospects. 'Last week everything was looking so good for him,' said a William Hill spokesman, 'but now it's genuinely hard to see how he'll recover ground now.'
Max Clifford, who is advising Griffiths, has appointed Charles Bronson to advise the Cannibal, as it's now clear that only a full-scale prison massacre, or a dramatic escape, will help him clinch the title.
Simon Cowell was 'surprised and delighted' and the high standard of the competition, and the amazing effect on his bank balance of the extra viewing figure. He responded to the news by remarking 'At the end of the day, it's all about the money, of course - oh, and my ego. Mustn't forget that!'