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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Joss 'fine' as kidnap suspects held

Singer Joss Stone has insisted she is "absolutely fine" as two men were charged with plotting to rob and kidnap her.

The 24-year-old soul star said today she was "getting on with life as normal", despite reports that officers had found swords, rope and a body bag when they swooped on suspects near her isolated country home.

Junior Bradshaw (30) and Kevin Liverpool (33), both from Manchester, were charged by Devon and Cornwall Police with conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm. The men, who remain in custody, were also said to have possessed detailed maps and aerial photos of her property.



Concern

The multi-millionaire, whose hits include Super Duper Love and Fell In Love With A Boy, 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 inquiries."

Meanwhile, officers stood guard in front of the ornate gates to her house, which lies in a rural farming area some miles north of Exeter, Devon.

Police said officers had gone to an address in Cullompton, Devon, after alert residents notified them of a suspicious-looking vehicle.

The suspects were initially arrested in the town on Monday morning.

Detective Inspector Steve Parker, who is leading the inquiry, said: " It's important to stress that no properties have been burgled and no individuals have been harmed."

A source close to the investigation confirmed that Stone had been the target of the foiled plot. One of the singer's neighbours, Florence Webber, said the rural area was usually quiet.

"You never think anything like this is going to happen in a place like this," she said.

And Niall Drew, who said he attended the local school with Stone, described her as "a big part of the local community".

He said: "We know her family quite well and we are just hoping they are okay."

The singer is estimated to be worth around £9m (f10.2m) after finding huge success in the US.

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