Police questioning Michael Barrymore over the death of Stuart Lubbock have been given a further 12 hours to hold the entertainer.

Barrymore, 55, is in custody at Harlow police station, Essex, after answering bail on Monday September 10.

He was arrested on June 20 on suspicion of serious sexual assault and murder by officers investigating the death of Mr Lubbock at the star’s then home in Roydon, Essex, in March 2001.

He was released on police bail without charge pending further inquiries after being questioned by detectives.

The entertainer answered his bail in Harlow today and, shortly afterwards, a magistrate gave detectives permission to hold him for a further 12 hours.

An Essex Police spokeswoman said: “I can confirm we have been granted a further 12-hour extension by magistrates in relation to one of the bail returns.”

Two other men – named by police sources as Justin Merritt, 32, of Harlow, and Jonathan Kenny 37, of Blackpool, Lancashire – were also arrested in June on suspicion of serious sexual assault and murder.

Both are due to face further questioning by police today after being released on bail without charge pending further inquiries.

Mr Lubbock was a guest at a party at Barrymore’s home.

Post-mortem tests show he had suffered severe internal injuries, which suggested sexual assault.

Drugs and alcohol were also found in his bloodstream.

A lengthy investigation was conducted but nobody was charged with any offence in relation to Mr Lubbock’s death.

Barrymore accepted a police caution for drug offences.

Essex Police reopened the investigation last December after reviewing their first inquiry.