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Judge rules against Essex Police in Michael Barrymore damages case

Michael Barrymore

Essex Police have been refused permission to appeal against a finding that entertainer Michael Barrymore is entitled to "more than nominal" damages over the wrongful arrest which he says destroyed his career.

Mr Justice Stuart-Smith gave his decision at London's High Court.

In August, the judge ruled against the force, which had argued the comedian and TV presenter should only receive a nominal payout.

Barrymore, who was not in court for the latest stage in the litigation, values his claim at more than £2.4 million.

He was arrested and detained in June 2007 on suspicion of the rape and murder of 31-year-old Stuart Lubbock, who was found in the swimming pool at his Roydon home six years earlier.

Police had admitted the arrest was unlawful, as the arresting officer did not have reasonable grounds to suspect Barrymore was guilty.

The police can still pursue the application directly with the Court of Appeal.

Michael Barrymore sues police over arrest

Michael Barrymore Credit: PA

Former television star Michael Barrymore is taking legal action against Essex police over his arrest after the death of a man in his swimming pool.

The Strike It Lucky star was arrested in June 2007 over the death of Stuart Lubbock, 31, at his luxury home in Roydon, Essex, in March 2001.

But he and two other men arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and murder were later released without charge.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "We cannot comment because of ongoing civil litigation."