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Man charged with murdering ex-EastEnders star

Arthur Simpson-Kent
Arthur Simpson-Kent

A man has been charged with the murders of ex-EastEnders actress Sian Blake and her two children, police have said.

Ms Blake and her sons Zachary, eight, and four-year-old Amon vanished from their home in Erith, Kent, on December 13.

Ms Blake's boyfriend, Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, will appear in custody later today at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Simpson-Kent, 48, was arrested by Metropolitan Police officers earlier today after agreeing to be extradited from Ghana.

The bodies of Ms Blake and her sons were found buried in the garden of their family home on January 5.

Scotland Yard is under investigation by the police watchdog for the way it handled the missing persons inquiry and why it took more than three weeks to find the bodies.

The back garden of the house was only thoroughly searched in early January after murder squad detectives were called in.

Ms Blake played Frankie Pierre in 56 episodes of EastEnders between 1996 and 1997. She was suffering from motor neurone disease before she died.