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I leave my front door open and alarm off – Joss Stone

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Joss Stone attends The Global Angel Awards at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel on December 2, 2011 in London, England.(Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Joss Stone attends The Global Angel Awards at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel on December 2, 2011 in London, England.(Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Joss Stone attends The Global Angel Awards at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel on December 2, 2011 in London, England.(Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

POP star Joss Stone has told a court that she leaves her front door open and rarely sets her burglar alarm.

The 25-year-old singer was speaking at the trial of Kevin Liverpool and Junior Bradshaw, who are charged with plotting to rob and kill her in June 2011.

The star admitted she had lax security and only discovered the murder plot when she was visited by the police.

Exeter Crown Court in England heard the pair were arrested a few miles from Ms Stone's home near Ashill, north Devon, with an arsenal of weapons – including a samurai sword – in the boot of their Fiat Punto.

Ms Stone, who was happy to be referred to in court by her real name, Jocelyn Stoker, said: "Apart from someone (police) coming around to say someone is trying to kill me, it was a really nice day."

 

Rural

Speaking about the lack of security at her home, she said: "I've lived in Devon for a long time and nobody really shuts their door."

She added: "I had an alarm, but didn't really turn it on very much. I didn't really have a lock on my door, but I do now."

She also agreed that the property, accessed by narrow lanes in a rural part of Devon, was an "open house" for family, friends and her then-boyfriend, Danny Radford.

Wearing a white blouse and a black skirt, the singer said: "At the time I had a gate. To get in, they (visitors) would just open the gate, drive in with their car, get up to another gate, shut the gate hopefully, so the dogs don't get out, then say hello."

The court heard that the two defendants were arrested at around 9am on June 13, 2011.

They had earlier been spoken to by police in Gloucester after their vehicle was severely damaged when it collided with railings and a stationary digger on a sliproad near a service area on the M5 north of Bristol.

Officers told the court that they did not consider the vehicle able to be driven again, and so left it, having spoken to the defendants.

Asked by Philip King, defending Liverpool, if there was any reason for Ms Stone to "keep quiet" about where she lived, the Fell In Love With A Boy singer smiled as she said: "Everybody knows where everybody lives (in the area).

"I didn't really feel worried about it. I think I can say that for everybody who lives around there. Until now."

She described her tour diary – detailing dates of when she was at home – as "private", but said some people wanting to know whether she was at home or not might "put two and two together" with the help of her published concert dates.

 

private

Asked by Martin Meeke, defending Bradshaw, if that private diary was the sort of thing that could end up on the internet, the singer replied: "No, I would hope not."

Bradshaw (32) and Liverpool (35), both of St Stephen's Close, Manchester, deny charges of conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to cause GBH and conspiracy to rob. The trial continues and is expected to last up to three weeks.

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