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Sian Blake murder suspect leaves Ghana for UK

Arthur Simpson-Kent Credit: PA Wire

A flight carrying the partner of Sian Blake left Ghana on Thursday night bound for the UK as he is extradited on suspicion of killing the ex-EastEnders actress and her two children.

Arthur Simpson-Kent was arrested in Ghana after leaving the country days after Ms Blake and their sons Zachary, eight, and four-year-old Amon were reported missing.

They were later found buried in the garden of the couple's home in Erith, Kent, on January 5.

The bodies of Sian Blake and her children Zachary and Amon were found in their garden Credit: PA Wire

A post-mortem revealed the three died from neck and head injuries.

Police had spoken to Simpson-Kent at the house on December 16, and returned two days later to find the property empty.

He arrived in Ghana the following day, and was arrested on January 9.

The 48-year-old had previously said he would not fight extradition.


Anger as junior doctors' contract to be imposed

Junior doctors in England protesting against the terms of a new contract have warned the imposition of the contracts could result in "a haemorrhage" of doctors out of the country.

Video report by ITV News' Political Editor Robert Peston

But the health secretary has stood firm on his decision. Speaking to ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston, Jeremy Hunt said it is "not tenable" for him to give in to a union "if it's the wrong thing for patients".

In this situation we have had too much evidence for too long, that things are going wrong too often at weekends at our hospitals, so I have to do something about that.

– Jeremy Hunt, health secretary

A number of junior doctors joining the protest outside the Department of Health in London on Thursday said there was a serious danger of the highly trained medical professionals leaving the UK for countries such as Australia and Canada.

"If i could I probably would at this stage - I feel so backed into a corner", one said.

Another warned "Imposing something is just going to completely demoralise the workforce and result in a haemorrhage of young intelligent doctors out of this country".

Nine NHS bosses withdraw support for Hunt over imposition of junior doctors' contracts

Nine health trust bosses have withdrawn their support for Jeremy Hunt's plan for new junior doctors' contracts in England after it was announced they were to be introduced despite the failure to reach an agreement with the British Medical Association

Protesters out in force over the junior doctors contract row today Credit: ITV News

The names of 20 NHS bosses in England were attached to a letter advising the government to do "whatever it deems necessary" to break the deadlock with medics.

Now at least nine say they never supported the idea of forcing junior doctors to accept new contracts and did not back the Health Secretary's move.

One said she was not even aware her name was on the letter and had asked for it to be removed.

A number say they support the Government's contract offer but do not back doctors having to accept it.

The health secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was imposing the contract Credit: ITV News

Claire Murdoch, head of the Central and North West London NHS FT, said she was not aware that her name was on the letter until it was published, and immediately asked for it to be removed.

Sir Andrew Cash, head of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (FT), said: "I support the improved offer made this week as fair and reasonable, but I do not support imposition".

Andrew Foster, of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT, said: "I have not supported contract imposition. I have supported the view that the offer made is reasonable."

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