A group of crooks hatched a sinister plot to snatch singer Joss Stone, steal her millions and then murder her, a court in the U.K. has heard.

Junior Bradshaw, 32, and Kevin Liverpool, 35, loaded a car with weapons including a sword, a hammer, and a lock knife and drove from their hometown in the north of England to Stone's countryside cottage in a remote part of south west England, the jury was told.

The pair was allegedly part of a gang which had spent six months planning to kidnap the You Had Me hitmaker and steal her $16 million (£10 million) fortune before killing her.

Bradshaw and Liverpool were arrested in June, 2011 after villagers in Cullompton, Devon - where Stone lives - noticed two men acting suspiciously in a car and called cops. A search of their home later unearthed a crossbow and handwritten notes detailing how to dump a body in a river.

Prosecutor Simon Morgan, Qc, told the jury at Exeter Crown Court, "This case is about a decision by a group of individuals, of which these defendants are two, to rob and kill Joss Stone. That is not a phrase I have plucked from the air. It is used in documents written by Mr. Liverpool during the planning stages of this plot.

"We don't know who the others are but that does not matter. Your concern is whether these two were part of the plot. It doesn't matter what part they took or planned to take... Joss Stone is an extremely wealthy young woman. These defendants drove from Manchester to find her. Fortunately they were not successful, although she was at home."

Bradshaw and Liverpool, both from Manchester, England deny conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to commit assault causing grievous bodily harm, and conspiracy to rob.

The trial continues.