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Barrymore given bail.

Entertainer Michael Barrymore denies any involvement in the death of a butcher found dead in his swimming pool six years ago.

He and two other men were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of sexually assaulting and murdering Stuart Lubbock, 31. Barrymore was released on police bail without charge pending further inquiries.

It has been reported that Michael Barrymore's Tyneside lover, John Kenny, has been taken to hospital from his police cell.

Mr Kenney, 37, whose family are from Forest Hall, had spent the night behind bars being questioned by police after being arrested with Barrymore over the swimming pool death.

A police spokeswoman said: "As soon as he is fit and able to be interviewed he will be brought back."

Hostage hope

Kidnapped BBC journalist Alan Johnston could be freed as early as today after the Islamic militant group Hamas made contact with his captors to try to secure his release. Negotiations were said to be taking place last night between Hamas and the Gaza correspondent's captors through a mediator.

Mum for court

A 39-year-old woman was due to appear in court today charged with murdering her two teenage daughters. Rekha Kumari-Baker, of Stretham, Cambridgeshire, was due to appear before Peterborough magistrates.

Twins break

Madeleine McCann's parents were spending today with their two-year-old twins as they take a break from their search.

Custody battle

The child custody feud between actors Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin continues in the US, while there is still no answer to the question as to who leaked a voicemail of Baldwin lashing out verbally at his 11-year-old daughter. Twice during a hearing last night Baldwin left the courtroom, gesturing to his lawyers.

Spice test

Eddie Murphy has taken a DNA test to determine whether or not he is the father of Melanie Brown's 2-month-old daughter, the former Spice Girl's, pictured, spokeswoman said today.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 16, 2007
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