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Sian Blake murder suspect arrested at Heathrow

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of murdering former Eastenders actress Sian Blake and her children Zachery and Amon.

Arthur Simpson-Kent was arrested at Heathrow Airport this morning after arriving in the UK on a flight from Ghana, the Metropolitan Police said.

He is currently in police custody at a west London police station.

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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.

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Big questions for police chief over contract renewal

There are big questions over the future of London's police chief tonight his contract was renewed for just one year.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe is thought to have wanted a two-year extension.

The decision by the Home Secretary effectively puts the Commissioner on probation, with London's new mayor almost certain to have the final say on whether he stays or goes.

Here's our Political Correspondent, Simon Harris:

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Met Police Chief's contract extended for a year

The Queen has approved a one-year contract extension for Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, the Home Secretary has announced in a Written Parliamentary Statement.

Met Police Chief's contract extended for a year Credit: Met Police

In response to the announcement Sir Bernard said: "I am proud to continue as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and proud of the confidence shown in the way my officers and staff work day and night to keep London safe and catch criminals."

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