Murder squad police search home of missing former EastEnders actress Sian Blake

Published: Tuesday 5th January 2016 by The News Editor

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Police are searching the home of a missing ex-EastEnders actress after murder squad detectives took over the investigation into the disappearance of the performer, her partner and two young children.

Sian Blake, 43, who played Frankie Pierre in the hit soap, went missing with her children Zachary, eight, and Amon, four, on December 13 in east London.

Three days later, police interviewed her partner, the children’s father Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, at the family’s home in Erith, Kent, and he also vanished.

Scotland Yard’s Homicide and Major Crime Command has taken over the investigation into the family’s disappearance and forensic searches of their home are being carried out.

Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Gwyn said: “They have all been missing for a considerable period of time now, and I am growing increasingly concerned for their welfare.

“In particular Sian suffers from a serious, life-threatening condition and we do not know if she is receiving the medication and treatment she requires to keep well.”

The actress has motor neurone disease – a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord – and was reportedly looking “very frail” before she vanished.

She and her children were last seen in Waltham Forest, east London, on December 13, and her silver-beige Renault Scenic was found in Calvert Avenue in Bethnal Green, east London, on January 3, but it is not known who parked it there.

Scotland Yard said the investigation continues to be a high-risk missing persons inquiry, but due to concerns for their welfare, the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) is now leading the probe.

Ms Blake is black, 5ft 2in tall and slim with short black hair. She wears glasses but can also wear contact lenses.

Mr Simpson-Kent is a light-skinned black man who is 6ft 2in tall.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 020 8721 4805 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Published: Tuesday 5th January 2016 by The News Editor

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