Boyfriend of ex-EastEnders actress Sian Blake 'to return to UK'

Boyfriend of ex-EastEnders actress Sian Blake 'to return to UK'
Arthur Simpson-Kent after his appearance for extradition to Britain at the Law court complex in Accra, Ghana, today. Pic: AP

The boyfriend of ex-EastEnders actress Sian Blake has agreed to return to the UK where he is suspected of killing her and their two children.

Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, appeared at court in Accra, Ghana, today and said he would not fight extradition back to Britain, according to reports.

The hairdresser left the UK days after Ms Blake and their two sons Zachary, eight, and four-year-old Amon were reported missing.

They were last seen on December 13, and were found buried in the back garden of the family’s home in Erith, Kent, on January 5.

British police had spoken to Simpson-Kent at the house on December 16, and returned two days later to find the property empty. He arrived in Ghana the following day, and was arrested on January 9.

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.

The back garden of the house was only thoroughly searched in early January, after murder squad detectives had been 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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