Bid for new inquest into Michael Barrymore home death blocked

Attorney General Jeremy Wright has blocked a bid for a fresh inquest into the death of Stuart Lubbock, who was found dead at the home of entertainer Michael Barrymore in 2001.

Mr Wright declined to provide his authority for an application to be made to the High Court by Mr Lubbock's father Terry, after deciding that there was no new evidence likely to overturn the open verdict returned at the original inquest in 2002.

An application for a fresh inquest may be made only with the authority of the Attorney General, who provides it only if he is satisfied there is sufficient evidence to offer a reasonable prospect of the Court ordering a new inquest.

Announcing his decision, Mr Wright said: "I offer my deepest sympathy to the family of Stuart Lubbock for their loss, but, as disappointing as it will be for the family, it would not be right to pass this matter to the High Court when the tests for a new inquest are not met."

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