Police searching for EastEnders actress Sian Blake and children find bodies in garden of family home
Police searching for missing EastEnders actress Sian Blake and her two children have found three bodies in the garden at their family home.
Sian Blake, 43, who played Frankie Pierre in the hit soap in the mid-1990s, vanished with her sons Zachary, eight, and Amon, four, in east London on December 13.
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 disappeared.
Forensic teams were seen searching the property today and neighbours said police had been at the house for several days.
Police said the bodies were found in the garden and a murder inquiry is now under way.
Miss Blake's house in Pembroke Road is being guarded by police officers, with several vehicles including a dog unit parked outside.
A path running alongside the family home has been cordoned off while forensic officers work in the property.
Officers in forensic suits and masks could be briefly seen in the front garden of the partly boarded up house, which has a double mattress propped up by the front door.
Neighbours said police have been at the scene for a few days. One woman, who did not wish to be named, said Miss Blake "kept herself to herself" and had "a cheeky smile".
She said: "I see her in the street on the way to the shops. She doesn't really talk, she keeps herself to herself. She has a cheeky smile. I feel really sad she has gone missing."
Two body bags have been removed from the house.
A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said the discovery of three bodies had left her feeling "afraid".
She said: "I used to see her walking up and down and we would greet each other. She was a happy woman. I used to see her and her kids playing in the garden. I never saw the man.
"But in November she started wearing dark glasses and didn't say 'hello' and we wondered if she had been beaten up."