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An arsenal of weapons has been shown to the jury in the trial of two men accused of conspiring to kill the singer Joss Stone.
The haul was seized after the defendants were reported to be acting suspiciously around Cullompton - a few miles from her home. Richard Lawrence was in court.
A court has heard how a stash of weapons was found in the car of two men from Huddersfield accused of plotting to kill music star Joss Stone. A samurai sword with sheath, two knives and a length of green garden-style hosepipe was found in the boot of a car being driven by Junior Bradshaw.
On the back seat, police recovered a rucksack which contained a roll of black bags, a roll of black tape, a hammer, spark plugs, a sock and a carrier bag. A second hammer was found in the front passenger footwell of the car, alongside three black gloves and a black hat.
A black balaclava was also recovered as well as AA routefinder printers from Manchester to Devon, Exeter Crown Court heard. Bradshaw, 32, and co-accused Kevin Liverpool, 35, are charged with plotting to rob and kill the Devon-born soul star before planning to dump her body in a river in June 2011.
The defendants deny charges of conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to cause GBH and conspiracy to rob.
Soul singer Joss Stone has described to a court today how her home in Devon had been an "open house" for family.
Two men are facing trial charged with conspiring to rob and murder her.
Kevin Liverpool, 35, and Junior Bradshaw, 32, were arrested near her home in 2011.
Both deny all charges against them.
Stone told the court that the day of the alleged incident started out as a normal day, until the police turned up to tell her someone was trying to kidnap and kill her.
ITV News correspondent Emily Morgan reports:
Soul singer Joss Stone described to a court today how her home in Devon had been an "open house" for family, friends and her then-boyfriend.
Although she had a burglar alarm, she said she hardly ever used it. "I didn't really have a lock on my door... But I do now," she added.
She added that everyone who lived nearby knew where she lived and that she never worried about it until she learned from police of a plot to kill her.
"I think I can say that for everybody who lives around there. Until now."
International pop star Joss Stone told a court today that she was only aware of an alleged plot to kill her when she was visited by the police.
The 25-year-old was giving evidence in the trial of Kevin Liverpool and Junior Bradshaw, from Huddersfield, who are charged with plotting to rob and kill the singer in June 2011.
Exeter Crown Court heard the pair were arrested a few miles from Miss Stone's home in Devon, with an arsenal of weapons - including a samurai sword - in the boot of their car. MIss Stone was at home at the time but said she was only aware of the incident when police contacted her later that day.
She told the court: "Apart from someone (police) coming around to say someone is trying to kill me, it was a really nice day.`" Speaking about the lack of security at her home, she said: "I've lived in Devon for a long time and nobody really shuts their door."
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Singer Joss Stone was elegant and dignified and as she faced the two men accused of conspiring to kill her.