Boyfriend held in Ghana over murder of British actress Sian Blake and their young sons

Police and forensics inspect the home where the bodies of former EastEnders actress Sian Blake and her two young sons were found in Erith, Kent.
Police and forensics inspect the home where the bodies of former EastEnders actress Sian Blake and her two young sons were found in Erith, Kent.PHOTO: EPA

Accra (AFP) - The boyfriend of former British soap actress Sian Blake has been arrested in Ghana over the murder of her and their two young sons, and now faces extradition to Britain, police said Sunday.

Investigators tracked Arthur Simpson-Kent to undergrowth near the seaside town of Butre,where he was taken into custody Saturday in connection with the death of the former EastEnders actress and their two children Zachary, 8, and Amon, 4.

"We are waiting for the British authorities to send a formal request for the extradition to begin," Prosper Ablor, head of the Ghana Police Criminal Investigative Department, told a press conference.

Simpson-Kent, hands shackled behind his back, sat in a chair and stared at the ground as police spoke.

Blake and the children were last seen on Dec 13 in their east London neighbourhood, and Simpson-Kent was questioned three days later over their disappearance.

The bodies of the boys and their mother were discovered earlier this month in the garden of their home.

Blake is best known for her mid-1990s role on EastEnders, which follows the lives of neighbours living in a fictional borough of London.

Simpson-Kent flew to Ghana just days after he was questioned by investigators in Britain.

"While escaping from the United Kingdom, (Simpson-Kent) travelled to Glasgow in Scotland, from where he flew to Ghana via Amsterdam on December 19, 2015," police told reporters.

Authorities said "intelligence gathered on the ground" led them to Simpson-Kent, but did not elaborate. He was arrested after being "smoked from a thicket" and was armed with a knife.

Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Gwyn of London's Metropolitan Police told the press conference: "Our thoughts continue to, and always remain with Sian's family and the boys... We are here to get justice for them."