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Joss Stone shot to fame in 2003 as a small-town teenager with a big, soulful voice, showcased on her best-selling debut album "The Soul Sessions."
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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.

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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 $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."

Police were notified after neighbors spotted two men acting suspiciously near the 24-year-old singer's rural home, according to reports.

The men were armed with swords, a rope and a body bag, according to Sky News, when they were stopped by police on Monday.

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Stone shot to fame in 2003 as a small-town teenager with a big, soulful voice, showcased on her best-selling debut album "The Soul Sessions."

Her 2007 album, "Introducing Joss Stone," peaked at No. 2 in the Billboard 200 chart. She has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide.

Stone has also taken acting roles, including that of Henry VIII's fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, in TV drama "The Tudors."

The singer is a friend of Prince William and was guest at his wedding in April.

TODAY.com staff and Reuters contributed to this story.

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    >>> with new details on the bizarre plot to rob and kidnap or even murder pop star joss stone . janet shamlian is in london with the latest on this. good morning.

    >> reporter: matt, good morning. while the young star sent a message to fans saying she's absolutely fine, she is said to be distraught over this, especially by what was found in the suspects' car. among other items, a body bag . she's a grammy award winner who sold more than 11 million albums and found as much fame in the u.s. as she has at home. but when joss stone isn't in the spotlight she spends much of her time on a large estate in southwest england , a quiet existence that was shattered this week when police foiled a plot to reportedly rob and murder the 24-year-old singer. after neighbors reported a suspicious car near her home authorities arrested two men. inside the vehicle the apparent tools of a crime -- a sword, a rope and a body bag .

    >> when you hear that somebody who hasn't been in the public eye for a long time has been targeted by two men who wanted to harm her in a very elaborate way almost sounds like the plot of a hollywood film . you stop being cynical and wondering if the publicists have put it together but once the police step in it's no longer a stunt.

    >> reporter: there were maps and an aerial photo of the home. joss is said to have been at home at the time. joss is a friend of prince william and attended the royal wedding in april. she hasn't been seen much lately, preparing for a tour and new album release next month. friends say she's distraught. on wednesday, she released a statement saying, i'd like to thank everyone for their concern, but i'm absolutely fine and getting on with life as normal while police continue with their inquiries.

    >> reporte with a net worth of about $15 million she was named to the annual rich list .

    >> anybody hard on their luck who sees the list and thinks they have access to a star may try their luck. i think that's what happened here.

    >> reporter: a young star at the center of a bizarre plot. the two suspects were in court this morning. a judge ruled they be held without bail. matt, they will be in court july 1 for a preliminary hearing.

    >> janet, thank you very much.


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