Joss Stone target of alleged robbery-murder plot

British singer Joss Stone poses during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2009 at the O2 Arena in Berlin on November 5, 2009. US singer Kate Perry will host the MTV European Music Awards 2009 show, which features live performances by some of the biggest names in popular music with most of the awards being decided by public vote. AFP PHOTO DDP / MICHAEL GOTTSCHALK GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read MICHAEL GOTTSCHALK/AFP/Getty Images)
Joss Stone poses during the MTV Europe Music Awards on Nov. 5, 2009, in Berlin.

(CBS/AP) LONDON - Two men have been arrested near the rural home of singer Joss Stone on suspicion of planning to rob and murder the 24-year-old singer, police said Wednesday.

The men were armed with swords, rope and a body bag, along with detailed maps and aerial photos of Stone's property in east Devon, England, according to The Sun. Police would not confirm the report.

Devon and Cornwall Police say the men, aged 30 and 33, and from the Manchester area of northwest England, were arrested Monday morning near Stone's house after residents reported a suspicious-looking vehicle.

Detective Inspector Steve Parker said the men "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," according to the Associated Press.

Parker said it was "important to stress that no properties have been burgled and no individuals have been harmed."

Stone's London publicists, DWL, said the singer was aware of the arrests and was being kept up to date by the police. They would not say whether she was at home when the men were arrested.

Police officers stood guard Wednesday outside the gates to the house, which is on a quiet country road.

The men were being questioned Wednesday at a police station and have not been charged.

Stone came to fame in 2003 with her best-selling debut album "The Soul Sessions." She has also taken on acting roles, including that of Henry VIII's fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, on Showtime's "The Tudors."

Her personal fortune was estimated last month by the Sunday Times Rich List at 9 million pounds ($14.6 million).

She is a friend of Prince William and was a guest at his wedding to Kate Middleton in April.

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