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Essex Police 'admit Michael Barrymore was wrongfully arrested'

Video report from ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray

Essex Police have accepted Michael Barrymore was wrongfully arrested and questioned over the murder of a man found dead in his swimming pool, it has been reported.

The entertainer is suing the force for holding him in 2007 during an investigation into the death of Stuart Lubbock.

The father-of-two's body was discovered after a party at Barrymore's home in Roydon, Essex, in 2001.

Barrymore was arrested, along with two other men, on suspicion of murdering the 31-year-old. The case against them was dropped due to insufficient evidence.

The body of Stuart Lubbock was found in Barrymore's Essex home. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Barrymore is reportedly seeking "aggravated and exemplary damages" for his "wrongful arrest and detention", which led him to suffer "loss and damage namely distress, shock, anxiety and damage to his reputation".

The Daily Mirror newspaper said his lawyers signed an agreement with Essex Police, dated 14 October, that effectively accepts he was wrongfully arrested and detained.

The newspaper said it had seen legal papers lodged at the High Court that state: "Judgment be entered for the Claimant [Barrymore] on the issue of liability."

The coroner recorded an open verdict into the death of Stuart Lubbock.

Barrymore has not commented on Essex Police's reported admission. He told a fan on Twitter: "As much as I can say for the minute is "Justice"." He later added: "Only for legal reasons."

He lost his lucrative television contract in 2002, after a coroner recorded an open verdict into the death.

Meanwhile Stuart Lubbock's father Terry, who lives in a care home in Harlow says he hopes finally to get answers.

"I am totally and utterly elated because it has now opened the floodgates to a public inquiry - that is what I am asking for now and that is what I want."

– Terry Lubbock

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