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The BBC's George Eykyn
"Police still want to quesion Mr Barrymore further"
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Wednesday, 6 June, 2001, 21:10 GMT 22:10 UK
Barrymore bailed without charge
Michael Barrymore
Mr Lubbock died at Barrymore's home in Essex
Comedian Michael Barrymore has been released on bail without charge after being questioned by police over the death of a man at his Essex mansion.

The 49-year-old entertainer, who was arrested on Wednesday morning, was interviewed about alleged drugs offences by officers investigating the death of 31-year-old Stuart Lubbock.

Mr Lubbock, of Harlow, Essex, was found floating face down in the swimming pool at the home of the entertainer in March. He was unconscious and died later in hospital.

Two other men were arrested on suspicion of Mr Lubbock's murder and were also taken to Harlow police station. They have also been released on bail.

One is believed to be 31-year-old Jonathan Kenney from Blackpool, a close friend of Mr Barrymore.

The second man is a 26-year-old from Harlow.

Mr Barrymore, from Roydon in Essex, was questioned on suspicion of possessing and supplying a class B drug, possessing a Class A drug and allowing premises to be used for the taking of class B drugs.

He was bailed pending further inquiries and will have to return to Harlow police station on 15 August.

Toxicology tests

Mr Barrymore flew into Heathrow Airport from Dubai on Tuesday night.

His solicitor David Corker told the BBC the entertainer made an arrangement with police to appear at Harlow police station on Wednesday.

Mr Barrymore said nothing to waiting journalists as he arrived at the police station early on Wednesday.

A spokesman for ITV later said there were no plans to scrap any of Mr Barrymore's shows, which include Kids Say The Funniest Things and My Kind of People.

The results of toxicology tests on the body of Mr Lubbock have been delivered to police and are being assessed.

An inquest into Mr Lubbock's death was opened and a post-mortem revealed he had drowned.

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