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Partner arrested over death of Eastenders actress - reports

Arthur Simpson-Kent last spoke to detectives on 16 December.

Sian Blake
Sian Blake
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BRITISH MEDIA REPORTS say the partner of EastEnders actress Sian Blake has been arrested in Ghana.

British police earlier opened a murder inquiry after Blake’s body, along with those of her 8-year-old son Zachary and 4-year-old son Amon, were found in the garden of their home in southeast London. The three were last seen 13 December.

BBC News reports that Blake’s partner, Arthur Simpson-Kent, was detained in Ghana. Simpson-Kent disappeared after speaking to detectives on 16 December.

When asked about the reports, Scotland Yard said detectives are aware of an arrest in Ghana but cannot confirm the identity of the man. The force said it is working with Ghanaian authorities.

BBC correspondent Alistair Leithead told the broadcaster that Simpson-Kent was arrested by armed officers in a popular coastal area.

The man was hiding in rocks at the time.

“He gave himself up and they found that he had a knife on him, but he didn’t use it in a threatening way,” Leithead said.

He was then taken to a nearby village where police thanked the people who had informed them he was in this area.

Additional reporting by Nicky Ryan

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