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Michael Barrymore at odds with police over amount of possible damages for arrest

Entertainer Michael Barrymore wants £2.5 million damages after suing police who arrested him following the discovery of the body of a butcher in a swimming pool at his home - but senior officers say he should get £1.

A judge is expected to make decisions after a High Court trial in London scheduled to be staged during the summer of 2017.

Detail of what Barrymore wants and what police say he should get emerged at a preliminary court hearing in London on Wednesday.

Stuart Lubbock, 31, of Harlow, Essex, was found dead after a party at Barrymore's house in Roydon, Essex, in March 2001.

Barrymore, 64, has taken legal action against Essex Police as a result of being held and questioned.

Lawyers representing Barrymore and Essex Police gave a judge an outline of rival claims at Wednesday's hearing.

The judge, Master Roger Eastman, heard that Barrymore had been arrested six years after Mr Lubbock's body was found, in June 2007.

Barrymore had never been charged with any offence as a result of his arrest.

The entertainer said the arrest had received widespread publicity and had a ''devastating'' effect on his career.

Master Eastman was told that Barrymore was claiming £2.5 million damages, mainly to compensate him for loss of earnings.

Police argued that he should get a "nominal" award of £1.

Lawyers have said a judge will be asked to decide whether there had been ''reasonable grounds'' for Barrymore's arrest.

Master Eastman indicated that a more senior judge would make decisions, and said a trial would be listed for a date in the summer.

Barrymore was not at the hearing.

The entertainer, who in recent years has lived in New Zealand, has taken legal action under his real surname, Parker.

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