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Two men charged in plot targeting singer Joss Stone

British singer Stone poses on the red carpet before the MTV Europe Awards ceremony in Berlin
British singer Stone poses on the red carpet before the MTV Europe Awards ceremony in Berlin

LONDON (Reuters) - Two men have been charged over an alleged plot to target soul singer Joss Stone, police in southwest England said on Wednesday.

Devon and Cornwall Police were alerted by suspicious locals and arrested the pair near Stone's home in the town of Cullompton, in the county of Devon, on Monday morning.

The men Junior Bradshaw, 30, and Kevin Liverpool, 33, both from the northern English city of Manchester, were charged with conspiracy to rob and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm. They will appear at Exeter Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

British media reported that the men were involved in a suspected plot to target Stone, 24, who has sold around 11 million albums and has a personal fortune estimated at 9 million pounds ($15 million).

"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," Stone said in a statement.

Stone, who attended the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April, is due to go on tour next month.

It was not immediately clear whether she was at her home in the Cullompton area on Monday.

Detective Inspector Steve Parker, who is leading the investigation, said: "The two men in custody had in their possession information relating to an individual in the Cullompton area and items which lead us to suspect that they may have intended to commit a criminal offense.

"We're unable to say any more at this time but I would like to thank the local residents for reporting the suspicious car."

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White and Michael Holden; editing by Steve Addison)

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