Suspect in killings of ex-EastEnders actress and her children is held in Ghana

Suspect in killings of ex-EastEnders actress and her children is held in Ghana

Police have arrested the suspected killer of an ex-EastEnders actress and her two sons, according to reports.

Arthur Simpson-Kent was arrested 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.

Scotland Yard launched a murder investigation after their bodies were discovered in the garden of the family home in Erith, Kent.

According to The Daily Mirror, police arrested Simpson-Kent, 48, in a town in the western region of Ghana.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said the force has been “made aware of an arrest in Ghana” following reports of the capture of Arthur Simpson-Kent.

Detectives discovered the bodies of Ms Blake, 43, and her two sons last Tuesday and said “significant attempts” had been made to conceal the family’s remains.

All three had died as a result of head and neck injuries, police said.

It is understood concerns about domestic violence were raised by a relative of Ms Blake to the NSPCC on December 16, information which was passed on to the Metropolitan Police and Bexley Council.

A missing person’s investigation was launched on the same day after police visited the home.

But the bodies were not discovered until around three weeks later.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been launched into Scotland Yard's handling of the case.

Ms Blake’s sister Ava said Simpson-Kent will have to “answer to God” if he was responsible for their deaths.

And she revealed her sibling had told their mother, Pansy, that she wanted to get out of her relationship “a long time ago”.

Ms Blake had motor neurone disease – a fatal, rapidly progressing illness which affects the brain and spinal cord – and was reportedly looking “very frail” before she vanished.

Ghana” following reports of the capture of Arthur Simpson-Kent, who was wanted in connection with the murders of former EastEnders actress Sian Blake and their two young sons.

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