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Man arrested over death of Stuart Lubbock at Michael Barrymore’s home

The incident occurred at the former TV star’s Essex property in March 2001.

Stuart Lubbock, 31, was found dead in Michael Barrymore’s swimming pool in March 2001
Stuart Lubbock, 31, was found dead in Michael Barrymore’s swimming pool in March 2001

DETECTIVES HAVE ARRESTED a 50-year-old man over the death of Stuart Lubbock, who died at the home of entertainer Michael Barrymore 20 years ago.

Essex Police said the man, who has not been named, was arrested “in connection with the indecent assault and murder of Stuart Lubbock”.

Lubbock, 31, had been attending a party at Barrymore’s luxury home in Roydon with eight other people on 31 March 2001.

Barrymore was criticised for leaving his home soon after Lubbock was found floating in the outside pool.

The 68-year-old former television presenter, who became a household name for shows such as Strike It Lucky, has always denied involvement in the death.

A post-mortem examination showed Lubbock had suffered severe internal injuries which suggested he had been sexually assaulted.

Alcohol, ecstasy and cocaine were found in his bloodstream.

dancing-on-ice-2020 Michael Barrymore attending the Dancing on Ice 2020 launch Source: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Barrymore was criticised for failing to answer questions at the inquest in 2002.

He also said he could not jump in and try to save Lubbock because he could not swim, a claim disputed by others who knew the star.

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The coroner recorded an open verdict.

Barrymore, his former partner Jonathan Kenny and fellow party guest Justin Merritt were arrested in 2007 on suspicion of sexual assault and murder, but were later released without charge.

Barrymore repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, last year saying: “I have had nothing to do with this whatsoever and yet I keep getting bashed and bullied by the media.”

Barrymore’s television career collapsed in the wake of the allegations, although he enjoyed a brief return to the spotlight during a stint on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.

In 2009, the police watchdog published the findings of a review of the investigation into Lubbock’s death, concluding that officers missed crucial evidence and did not ensure vital forensic tests were completed until six years later.

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