Pair remanded over plot targeting British singer Stone

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Two men were remanded in custody Thursday over an alleged plot targeting British soul singer Joss Stone after they were found with a samurai sword near her home.

Junior Bradshaw, 30, and Kevin Liverpool, 33, both from Manchester in northwest England, are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

They appeared at Exeter Magistrates' Court in Devon, southwest England, where they were remanded in custody. They will next appear at Exeter Crown Court on July 1 for a preliminary hearing.

The pair were arrested Tuesday in the Devon town of Cullompton, near Stone's home.

The court heard they had been seen acting suspiciously in their car. Items including a samurai sword were recovered from the vehicle, the magistrates were told.

Prosecutor Ann Hampshire said notes relating to Stone had been also been found inside.

Grammy-winner Stone, 24, has sold more than 11 million albums worldwide, with her 2003 debut "The Soul Sessions" and its follow-up "Mind Body and Soul" (2004) going platinum in Britain, the United States and the European Union.

She is estimated to have a personal fortune of £9 million ($14.7 million, 10.2 million euros), according to a list of Britain's wealthiest people published by The Sunday Times newspaper last month.

Stone insisted Wednesday that she was "absolutely fine and getting on with life as normal" after police informed her of the alleged plot.

© 2011 AFP

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