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Bus crash kills at least 53 people in Ghana

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A bus crash has left 53 people dead after it crashed into a truck in Ghana, according to reports.

The Metro Mass Transit coach reportedly collided head-on with a truck carrying tomatoes near the town of Kintampo on Wednesday evening.

At least 23 people are being treated at a local hospital.

Ghana's President John Mahama said emergency services attended to injured passengers.

British High Commissioner to Ghana Jon Benjamin tweeted: "So sad to awaken to the horrific news of so many people lost in last night's tragic bus crash in the north of Ghana. Sincere condolences."

Simpson-Kent silent as he is brought into court

ITV News' Martin Geissler is at the court hearing:


Sian Blake: Met Police deny delays after partner sighting

Arthur Simpson-Kent was arrested in western Ghana on Saturday.

The Metropolitan Police have defended their investigation into the murder of former EastEnders actress Sian Blake and her two sons, after her partner was apprehended in Ghana.

Arthur Simpson-Kent was arrested after being found in the western part of the African country, having disappeared from the family's home in Kent.

A Briton in Ghana told ITV News she had repeatedly warned UK police of his whereabouts after encountering him in the town of Busua.

However, Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Gwyn, of the Met's homicide and major crime command said: "There is nothing we or the Ghanaians could have done any quicker to get out here as quickly as we could".

The force had already faced criticism over its handling of the case.

It referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission after the trio's bodies were discovered in their back garden, weeks after being reported missing.

It later emerged that Simpson-Kent left the country after officers spoke to him on December 16.

Arthur Simpson-Kent's belongings found in 'hideout'

Arthur Simpson-Kent's passport was still in his hideout on Sunday. Credit: ITV News

Personal belongings of Arthur Simpson-Kent, including his passport and driving licence, have been shown to ITV News at the "hideout" where he stayed before being arrested by Ghanaian police.

British money, the 48-year-old's credit card and national insurance numbercard were still in the remote location in western Ghana, around 200 miles from the capital Accra, where he is being held in custody.

He was arrested on Saturday in connection with Sian Blake's murder after a group of villagers led police to him as he sat among the trees on the seafront in Busua.

UK to apply for Simpson-Kent extradition 'in due course'

Arthur Simpson-Kent at Kotoka International Airport before his arrest. Credit: ITV News

British authorities will made an official extradition request "in due course" for the man arrested in connection with the murder of former EastEnders actress Sian Blake.

Arthur Simpson-Kent was detained in Ghana on Saturday following the discovery of the bodies of his partner Ms Blake and her two sons in Kent on Tuesday.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said on Sunday: "On Saturday, January 9, Ghanaian authorities arrested a 48-year-old man on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service following the murder of Sian Blake, 43, Zachary Bilal Kent-Blake, aged eight and four-year-old Amon Ben George Kent-Blake.

"An application for extradition will be made by officers and partner agencies in due course."

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