TWO former Huddersfield men have appeared in court over an alleged plot targeting soul singing star Joss Stone.
Both have been remanded in custody until October, after they were arrested near the star’s Devon home.
Junior Bradshaw, 30, and Kevin Liverpool, 33, who had both been living in St Stephen’s Close, Manchester, appeared for a preliminary hearing at Exeter Crown Court yesterday.
They have been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.
The pair were arrested on June 13, near the Ashill home of 24-year-old Stone, whose hits include Super Duper Love and Fell In Love With A Boy and who has an estimated £9 million fortune.
Liverpool, who previously lived in Huddersfield, appeared in the dock wearing a black “puffa”-style jacket.
He is a former student at All Saints Catholic College at Bradley Bar.
Bradshaw, who was educated at Paddock Junior School and Royds Hall High School, wore a blue sleeveless T-shirt.
Neither man entered a plea and they were remanded in custody to appear at the same court on October 24.
The pair were arrested on the St Andrews Estate in Cullompton after being seen acting suspiciously in the area around the village of Langford in a Fiat Punto.
Items including a samurai sword and notes mentioning Stone’s name were found in the car, the court heard.
The singer insisted she was “absolutely fine” and “getting on with life as normal” following the arrest of the two men.
She said at the time: “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 rose to fame in late 2003 with her multi-platinum debut album, The Soul Sessions, which made the 2004 Mercury Prize shortlist.
Her second album, the equally multiplatinum Mind Body & Soul, topped the UK albums chart for one week and spawned the top 10 hit You Had Me, Stone’s most successful single on the UK charts to date.