Man denies Joss Stone plot

A man has denied conspiring to kidnap and murder the soul singer Joss Stone.

Kevin Liverpool, 34, appeared at Exeter Crown Court yesterday to plead not guilty to conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to commit GBH and conspiracy to commit robbery. He is accused of targeting Stone, 24, between January and June this year with Junior Bradshaw, 31.

Mr Bradshaw also appeared in court yesterday but was not asked to enter any pleas.

The two men, from Manchester, were arrested on 13 June this year, close to Stone's home in Devon.

Both were remanded in custody ahead of the trial scheduled for next August. PA