FURTHER UPDATE: Under Ghanaian law, anyone arrested must appear before a judge within 48 hours, so Arthur Simpson-Kent is due to attend court in Accra today, January 11, even though no formal application for extradition to the UK has been received. According to one unsubstantiated report, he is credited with having confessed to killing the mother of his two children, Sian Blake, as she was suffering from motor neurone disease, but no explanation has emerged for the reason for the killing of the children.
UPDATE The partner of a former EastEnders actress who was murdered with her two young sons has been discovered in Ghana and is being interviewed by British police officers who flew out specially to the west African state.
Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, was arrested in Busua, west Ghana, on Saturday January 9 after a cafe owner raised the alarm after recognising the image circulating of him on social media. A number of police officers went to the beach where he had been swimming, arrested him and arranged for him to be taken to the capital Accra.
Mr Simpson-Kent, the father of the two dead children, arrived in Ghana on 19 December, although local police did not become involved in the search for him until January7. Once he has been interviewed by British police, it is expected that they will ask for his extradition back to the UK.
THREE bodies have been found in hunt for missing Eastenders actress Sian Blake who disappeared almost one month ago.
Police confirmed that the bodies were found in the former star’s garden in her south-east London home but have not yet been formally identified.
A manhunt is on for Blake’s partner Arthur Simpson-Kent who has not been seen since discussing Sian’s disappearance with the police on December 16.
Her two children, aged 8 and 4, are also missing and police confirmed that they had found the actress’s car on Sunday January 3, 15 miles from her home in Bethnal Green.
It has been reported that Blake suffered from a ‘life threatening illness’ with previous attention focused on whether she would be receiving adequate care.
Post-mortem examinations on the discovered bodies are due to take place today January 6.
Blake played Frankie Pierre in the BBC soap opera in the 1990’s, leaving in 1997 after featuring in 56 episodes.