Michael Barrymore drops wrongful arrest claim against Essex Police

Entertainer Michael Barrymore has agreed to halt a compensation claim after being arrested during an investigation into the death of a man at his home, police have said.

The 67-year-old, who was investigated following the death of Stuart Lubbock 18 years ago, had sued Essex Police and claimed that a wrongful arrest had damaged his career.

But Court of Appeal judges concluded that he would be entitled to only “nominal” damages.

An Essex Police spokeswoman said on Monday that Barrymore’s claim had now been discontinued by agreement.

She said the force had not made any payment to the entertainer.

Neither Barrymore, nor a lawyer who represented him, was available for comment.

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Mr Lubbock’s father, Terry, 74, said: “That’s brilliant news. I’m raising my arms.

“I am still determined to get justice for Stuart. He was only 31 when he died. I am determined to hang on to the end for him.”

Essex Police announced the latest development in a statement, which referred to Barrymore by his real name, Michael Parker.

“Following a ruling made by the Court of Appeal in December 2018, and upon agreement having been reached by the parties, the High Court has ordered (by consent) that Mr Parker discontinues the entirety of his claim and all associated issues against the Chief Constable of Essex Police and that each party will bear its own costs in the proceedings,” said the statement.

“Essex Police has not made and will not make any payment to Michael Parker.

“We welcome the conclusion of this litigation.”

The statement added: “At the heart of this case remains the fact that the family of Stuart Lubbock continue to live with the pain of the unanswered questions surrounding his death on March 31 2001.

“We continue to search for justice for Stuart’s family and would ask anyone who has information about his death to call us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. It is never too late to do the right thing.”