Missing make-up artist’s partner detained

POLICE in England have been granted more time to question the husband of an award-winning TV make- up artist being held on suspicion of her murder, it was announced last night.

A custody extension granted by a court means police are able to quiz Diane Chenery-Wickens’ husband, David, for another 36 hours, until about 3am tomorrow.

Ms Chenery-Wickens, 48, who has worked on shows including The League of Gentlemen and Casualty, has not been seen or heard from since January 31, when she travelled with her husband by train from East Grinstead, West Sussex, to London for a business meeting at the BBC.

Detailed searches continued near the couple’s country home in Duddleswell, near Uckfield, East Sussex.

After Ms Chenery-Wickens and her husband arrived in London, they were said to have parted in the Shepherds Bush area with an agreement to meet again later at a hairdresser’s. But Ms Chenery-Wickens failed to turn up.

Her husband reported her missing to the Metropolitan Police the same night.

Sussex Police said yesterday that a 51-year-old man from East Sussex had been arrested on suspicion of her murder and taken into custody in Eastbourne.

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