The father of Stuart Lubbock is calling for Essex Police to review their decision not to charge a man in connection with his son’s murder.

A friend of Terry Lubbock, Harry Cichy, said Stuart’s father is now seriously ill as he continues to battle terminal cancer.

Mr Cichy told PA: “I’ve spoken to Terry, and he wants the police to review the decision.”

In an interview with the Mirror, Mr Cichy added: “I’ve just left Terry and he’s very poorly.

“But he spoke to his QC and instructed him to start the ball rolling for a review of the decision.

“He wasn’t angry at all, he was very calm and collected, but adamant that he will keep fighting. It’s been a long, hard battle.

“He’s had so many knocks over the years and he’s receiving end-of-life care, but the strength of this man is just unbelievable.”

Police revealed yesterday a man arrested in March on suspicion of the indecent assault and murder of Stuart in 2001 had been released without charge.

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A force spokesman said there was insufficient evidence for a “realistic chance of a successful prosecution” so the man had been released.

Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Jennings said the news was a “huge personal disappointment” to all the detectives involved in the case.

No-one has ever been charged with any offence in relation to Mr Lubbock’s death.

Stuart was attending a party at TV presenter Michael Barrymore’s luxury home in Roydon with eight other people on March 31, 2001, when he died.

A post-mortem examination showed the 31-year-old had suffered severe internal injuries which suggested he had been sexually assaulted.

Alcohol, ecstasy and cocaine were found in his bloodstream.

The coroner recorded an open verdict.