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Thursday, 11 October, 2001, 11:30 GMT 12:30 UK
LWT ponders Barrymore's future
Michael Barrymore at his home
The star was cautioned over cannabis use
LWT, the ITV company that employs entertainer Michael Barrymore, has said it is considering his future following his police caution for drugs offences.

Police said on Wednesday that Mr Barrymore, 49, of Roydon, Essex, had been officially cautioned for possessing cannabis and for allowing premises to be used for the smoking of cannabis.

Detectives had been investigating the death of 31-year-old Stuart Lubbock found last March at the star's Essex home.

Stuart Lubbock
Stuart Lubbock: Found unconscious in pool

Mr Barrymore is under contract to LWT where he most recently presented the show Kids Say the Funniest Things.

A spokeswoman for LWT said on Thursday: "We note the police's action. Michael's personal recovery continues and we have yet to make any decision with him about his future."

Asked whether the company had any policy on the employment of people who admitted criminal offences, the spokeswoman said: "I can't comment on that."

Mr Barrymore was on police bail when cautioned and due to be further interviewed on 24 October.

Interview

A police spokeswoman said he had requested an interview on Wednesday and he had been cautioned as a result of the interview.

Stuart Lubbock, a butchery worker from Harlow and father-of-two, was found dead in the comedian's swimming pool after a party on 31 March.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of murder and are still on police bail.

They are John Kenney, 31, from Blackpool, a close friend of Mr Barrymore, and Justin Merrit, 26, from Harlow.

Mr Barrymore was never under suspicion of involvement in Mr Lubbock's death.

Relief

The Essex Police spokeswoman said Barrymore had voluntarily attended Stansted Airport police station with a lawyer shortly after 1700BST.

The entertainer's solicitor David Corker issued a statement saying: "Following a short interview he was informed by Essex Police that the police investigation of him had been terminated, and his police bail would be immediately cancelled.

Police officer
A police officer stands outside Barrymore's home

"Subsequently Michael Barrymore accepted a police caution in relation to a very small amount of cannabis found at his home on 31 March. He was then released.

"Michael Barrymore expressed his relief that today marks the end of any police investigation involving him.

"We have made it clear to the police that if anything more is required of him he will co-operate in any way he can."

'Minimal' possession

In June, Mr Barrymore was arrested on suspicion of a total of four offences - possession and supply of a class B drug, possession of a class A drug and allowing premises to be used for the taking of a class B drug.

Police said on Wednesday that following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, allegations relating to the supply of a class B drug and the possession of a class A drug were not being pursued.

Under drug laws, a caution can only be issued if the amount of drugs a person is accused of possessing in "minimal".

A caution can also only be issued if a person admits guilt.

Police said that in Mr Barrymore's case a file had been considered by the CPS.

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"Michael Barrymore is no longer the subject of any police investigation"
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