Monday 24 September 2018

Joss Stone: two men arrested over singer 'murder plot'

Two armed men have been arrested with swords and a body bag, over a suspected murder and kidnap plot involving singer Joss Stone.

Detectives found the two men outside her isolated country home in a Devon village with a cache of weapons inside their car including swords, rope and a body bag.

The pair, also alleged to have had plans to the star's home and aerial photos of her rural property.

Police said the two men, aged 30 and 33, were arrested near the village, which cannot be identified for legal reasons, at 10am on Tuesday.

Stone, whom The Sunday Times Rich list said was worth more than £9 million, is in the top five biggest earning female UK singing stars. She is also the fifth wealthiest British and Irish pop star aged under 30.

They were being questioned over the alleged conspiracy to "cause her some really serious harm".

Up to 20 detectives from the major crime unit are involved in the inquiry.

The multi-million pound star, who is close friends with Prince William, was at home although it is thought she is due to start a new music tour next month.

Stone, 24, lives in Devon when she is not touring the world. She was a guest at the Royal Wedding after developing a close friendship with Princes William and Harry.

Police sources say the pair were stopped as they drove around country retreat's lanes in a red Fiat Punto. They were originally arrested for possession of offensive weapons and being equipped to steal.

Police said the pair had travelled 250 miles from the Manchester area before they were arrested.

They are being questioned by detectives having been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause the singer serious harm, potentially murder.

The source added: "It looks like this pair had an A-Z of what they were planning to do.

"A body bag, swords and maps of where she lives in mid Devon were recovered.

"It looks like they were going to do her really nasty harm if they didn't get what they wanted."

© Telegraph.co.uk

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