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Two men arrested accused of Joss Stone murder plot

By | Published on Thursday 16 June 2011

Joss Stone

Police arrested two men on Monday morning outside the home of Joss Stone after neighbours reported seeing them driving suspiciously in the area. In their car, officers reportedly found swords, rope and a body bag, plus aerial photographs of Stone’s home, near the village of Cullompton in Devon.

The two men, who had driven down to the village from Manchester, were originally arrested for possession of an offensive weapon and being equipped to steal. The charges were yesterday upgraded to conspiracy to rob and murder. The target, presumably, was Stone, or at least her home. The singer was listed as being worth £9 million in a recent Sunday Times Rich List.

Devon and Cornwall police chief investigator Det Insp Steve Parker told reporters: “The two men in custody had in their possession information relating to an individual in the Cullompton area and items that lead us to suspect that they may have intended to commit a criminal offence. Police enquiries continue and the men remain in custody. We’re unable to say anymore at this time but I would like to thank the local residents for reporting the suspicious car”.

In a statement yesterday, Stone said: “I’d like to thank everyone for their concern but I’m absolutely fine and getting on with life as normal while the police continue with their enquiries”.

Stone is due to begin a European tour next month. It is not yet clear if she was actually at home when the two men were arrested.