DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Stuart Lubbock – who died following a party at the home of entertainer Michael Barrymore – have arrested a 50-year-old man from Cheshire.

Mr Lubbock, 31, was found unconscious in the swimming pool of the TV presenter's property in Roydon, Essex, nearly 20 years ago.

In a statement released this morning, Essex Police said: "Detectives have today, Wednesday 17 March, arrested a 50-year-old man in connection with the indecent assault and murder of Stuart Lubbock.

"The man, who was arrested in Cheshire, remains in custody where he continues to be questioned.

"Stuart was found unconscious in the swimming pool of a property in Roydon on March 31 2001.

"Despite attempts to save him he later died in hospital.

"The 31-year-old had been attending a party at the house with eight other people.

"A post-mortem examination found Stuart had suffered horrific anal injuries which are believed to be the result of a serious sexual assault prior to his death."