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Three bodies found in garden during search for former EastEnders actor and family

The missing persons’ inquiry is now being treated as a murder investigation.

Updated 2.05pm

sian blake - 1 Sian Blake Source: Metropolitan Police

POLICE IN LONDON have found three bodies in the search for former EastEnders actor Sian Blake and her two children and partner.

This afternoon, during a search carried out at her home address, three bodies were recovered. What was a missing persons’ inquiry is now being treated as a murder investigation.

Sian Blake missing Source: PA Wire/PA Images

Sian Blake was last seen on Sunday 13 December when she visited family in the Leyton area in the north of London.

Also missing are her partner, Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, and her two children Bilal Kent-Blake, 8, and Amon Ben George Kent-Blake, 4.

Blake, 43, played Frankie Pierre on the soap between 1996 and 1997.

amom blake Amon Ben George Kent-Blake Source: Metropolitan Police

zachary blake Zachary Bilal Kent-Blake Source: Metropolitan Police

Detective Superintendent Paul Monk, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command said:

Sadly, as part of a thorough forensic search we are carrying out at the family’s home in Erith, we recovered three bodies from the garden of the property.
As yet, we have not formally identified the bodies but this is of course a significant development and Sian’s family have been informed.
This continues to be a fast moving investigation and our thoughts are with Sian’s family at this time.
We continue to appeal for any information that could help us trace Sian’s partner Arthur Simpson-Kent. If anyone has any information about where he is or his movements since 16 December then please get in touch with us.

“I would also like to ask anyone who may have seen Sian and her children, or who may have information about their movements since the last confirmed sighting on 13 December, to call us,” he added.

Earlier it emerged that the investigation was being treated as a high-risk missing persons’ inquiry, with the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) now leading the investigation.

Officers are particularly concerned for the welfare of Simpson-Kent who has not been seen since Wednesday 16 December after officers spoke to him at the family home in Erith, an area of southeast London.

arthur kent Arthur Simpson-Kent Source: Metropolitan Police

Blake’s Renault Scenic was found parked in Bethnal Green two days ago on 3 January, although it is not known why the vehicle was parked there or by whom.

Anyone with any information about their whereabouts is asked to contact the Metropolitan Police in London.

- Additional reporting Aoife Barry

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