David Blaine is so terrified vandals will try to wreck his latest stunt, he's hired 15 of popstar Robbie Williams' bodyguards to protect him.

The showman plans to spend the next 44 days suspended in a glass cage above London's River Thames without food or water.

But Blaine, who begins the feat near Tower Bridge today (5SEP03), fears pranksters will fire missiles at him in a bid to break his fragile box.

He says, "I want lots of people to see it and most people coming down to see me will be a big help. There will be security there, but I don't know if they will be able to stop people from throwing things - and I will be frightened out of my head if things start hitting the case."

But a TV executive, in charge of organising the event, reassures, "The box is made from shatterproof glass and we have tried to cover every possible eventuality for David's security.

"The security team guarding the site have managed the safety of stars like Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue and Frank Sinatra. They are the best in the business."

Extra police officers have also been drafted in to control the thousands of fans expected to flock to the Thames to watch Blaine's audacious stunt.

05/09/2003 02:33