'I'm fine', Joss Stone tells fans

Singer Joss Stone said she was "getting on with life as normal" today as police questioned two men on suspicion of conspiracy to rob and murder after being arrested close to the millionaire's home.

The soul star, 24, reassured fans she was "absolutely fine" and thanked them for their concern.



The men, aged 30 and 33 and from the Manchester area, were arrested in Cullompton, Devon, at around 10am on Monday.



Police said the pair were initially arrested for possession of offensive weapons and being equipped to steal.







Stone - whose hits include Super Duper Love and Fell In Love With A Boy - is estimated to be worth around £9 million after finding huge success in the US.

Officers found swords, rope and a body bag near the singer's isolated country home, the Sun newspaper reported.



They also found detailed maps and aerial photos of her property, it was reported.



Stone said today: "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 enquiries."



Police officers stood guard in front of the ornate gates outside the house, which is in a rural farming area, some miles north of Exeter.



A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said officers went to 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 ranked Stone the fifth wealthiest British and Irish pop star aged under 30.



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 led 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."



One of Stone's neighbours, Florence Webber, said the rural area was usually quiet.



"You never think anything like this is going to happen in a place like this," she said.



"We didn't know it had happened until this morning. It is a quiet area. I don't know that she (Stone) is there that often."



Neighbour Simon Allsopp, who said he knew the family, said: "They're fine. They are used to it, being under siege - though not like this."

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas