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Two held over Joss Stone 'murder plot'

Two men are being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to rob and murder after being arrested close to the home of millionaire soul singer Joss Stone.



The pair, aged 30 and 33, were arrested in Cullompton, Devon, at around 10am on Monday.



Police said the men - from the Manchester area - were initially arrested for possession of offensive weapons and being equipped to steal.



A representative of Stone said police had been in touch with the singer, whose hits include Super Duper Love and Fell In Love With A Boy.



She said: "Joss is aware of the arrests and is being kept informed by the police."



Officers found swords, rope and a body bag when they arrested the men near the 24-year-old star's isolated country home, the Sun newspaper reported.



The men also had detailed maps and aerial photos of her rural property, it was reported.



A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said police attended an address in Cullompton after alert residents notified officers about a suspicious-looking vehicle.



"Officers attended the area at around 10am (on Monday) and subsequently arrested the occupants of a red Fiat Punto.



"Major crime detectives are continuing to investigate."



Last month the Sunday Times Rich list placed Stone, who grew up in Devon, as the fifth wealthiest British and Irish pop star aged under 30, with a fortune of £9 million.



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 offence.



"Police inquiries continue and the men remain in custody.



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



"Our officers are currently carrying out reassurance patrols and it's important to stress that no properties have been burgled and no individuals have been harmed."

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