Cops probing death in Michael Barrymore’s swimming pool back in 2001 arrest man

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Detectives investigating the indecent assault and murder of 31-year-old Stuart Lubbock at the home of entertainer Michael Barrymore, 68, in 2001 have arrested a 50-year-old man in Cheshire, Essex Police said.

Mr Lubbock was found dead aged 31 in the swimming pool at Barrymore's house in Roydon, Essex, during a party on March 31, 2001.

Mr Lubbock was found unconscious in the pool, and despite attempts to save him he later died in hospital.

He had been attending a party at the house with eight other people.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Lubbock suffered horrific injuries which are believed to be the result of a serious sexual assault prior to his death.

Alcohol, cocaine and ecstasy were found in his bloodstream.

Just days ago Mr Lubbock’s terminally ill dad Terry said he hoped a witness with information might come forward to help solve the mystery of his son’s death as the 20th anniversary approaches.

The 76-year-old, who has campaigned tirelessly to try and find out the truth, said: “It’s almost exactly 20 years since Stuart died, but to me it seems like last week.

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“It must be exactly the same for all those people who were at the party on that night Stuart died.

“One of them at least must know something which they’ve never told, probably more than one.

“This never goes away because Barrymore is so famous, I won’t let it go away and media won’t let it go away, and it must be hell living with that every day and every night.”

Barrymore has publicly spoken about the events of the night of March 31, 2001, and has always denied involvement in Mr Lubbock’s death.

The former Strike It Lucky presenter was criticised for leaving his house soon after the body was found floating in the swimming pool.

Terry Lubbock said a fresh Essex Police appeal, which coincided with a Channel 4 documentary Barrymore: The Body In The Pool in February 2020, had changed the landscape.

He wants a coroner to oversee a new inquest because he thinks information has now emerged which would justify a second inquest.

Terry said: “I can’t die without knowing there will be a second inquest because then I feel sure the truth will come out.”

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