Barrymore must wait for perjury decision

Television entertainer Michael Barrymore is likely to have to wait several weeks before discovering whether he is to be charged with perjury, police said today.

A spokesman for Essex Police said investigations into suggestions that Mr Barrymore, 50, had committed perjury at an inquest into the death of a butcher, whose body was found in the star's swimming pool, were continuing.

"Inquiries are continuing and are likely to take several more weeks," said the spokesman.

"When the investigation is complete a file will be submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service which will make a decision."

The investigation centres on evidence Mr Barrymore gave at the inquest into the death of butcher Stuart Lubbock, 31, of Harlow, Essex.

Mr Lubbock died in March last year after being found floating face down in a pool at Mr Barrymore's home in Roydon near Harlow.

He had been one of a number of people at a party at the star's home.

Mr Barrymore told the inquest in Epping, Essex, last month that he had not climbed into the pool to join rescue attempts because he could not swim.

A number of people close to Mr Barrymore have since claimed that the star can swim and Essex and Thurrock coroner, Caroline Beasley-Murray, who returned an open verdict on Mr Lubbock, has asked police to investigate.

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