Sunday 4 December 2016

Sian Blake murder: EastEnders actress's partner arrested at Heathrow airport

Ms Blake and her sons Zachary, eight, and four-year-old Amon vanished on December 13

Published 12/02/2016 | 08:27

The bodies of Sian Blake and her two children were found in the family home in Kent last week. Photo: PA
The bodies of Sian Blake and her two children were found in the family home in Kent last week. Photo: PA
Arthur Simpson-Kent (left), 48, and Amon, four. Simpson-Kent was captured in Ghana after fleeing the UK following the death of his partner Sian Blake and their two children, Zachary, eight, and four year-old Amon, according to reports. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

A man has been arrested on suspicion of the murders of ex-EastEnders actress Sian Blake and her two children, police said.

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Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, was detained by Metropolitan Police officers at Heathrow Airport after arriving on a flight from Ghana.

Arthur Simpson-Kent (left), 48, and Amon, four. Simpson-Kent was captured in Ghana after fleeing the UK following the death of his partner Sian Blake and their two children, Zachary, eight, and four year-old Amon, according to reports. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Arthur Simpson-Kent (left), 48, and Amon, four. Simpson-Kent was captured in Ghana after fleeing the UK following the death of his partner Sian Blake and their two children, Zachary, eight, and four year-old Amon, according to reports. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

He has been taken to a west London police station.

Ms Blake and her sons Zachary, eight, and four-year-old Amon vanished on December 13 and were found buried in the garden of their family home in Erith, Kent, on January 5.

Read More: Sian Blake and two sons died from head and neck injuries - police

Simpson-Kent, Ms Blake's boyfriend, returned to the UK after agreeing to be extradited from the African country.

The hairdresser left the country days after the trio were reported missing.

Scotland Yard is under investigation by the police watchdog for the way it handled the missing persons inquiry and why it took more than three weeks to find the bodies of Ms Blake and her sons.

Read More: Sian Blake case: Watchdog probes police decision-making

The back garden of the house was only thoroughly searched in early January after murder squad detectives were called in.

Ms Blake played Frankie Pierre in 56 episodes of EastEnders between 1996 and 1997. She was suffering from motor neurone disease before she died.

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