A murder inquiry has been launched after detectives looking for missing EastEnders actress Sian Blake found three bodies at a family home in Erith, Kent.

Miss Blake has not been seen since 13 December, when the 43-year-old – who suffers from a life-threatening motor neurone condition – visited family in the Leyton area of north east London with her two sons Zachary Bilal Kent-Blake, eight, and Amon Ben George Kent-Blake, four.

Her partner, Arthur Simpson-Kent, also disappeared. Detective Superintendent Paul Monk, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "Sadly, as part of a thorough forensic search we are carrying out at the family's home in Erith, we recovered three bodies from the garden of the property.

"As yet, we have not formally identified the bodies but this is of course a significant development and Sian's family have been informed.

"This continues to be a fast-moving investigation and our thoughts are with Sian's family at this time. We continue to appeal for any information that could help us trace Sian's partner Arthur Simpson-Kent. If anyone has any information about where he is or his movements since 16 December then please get in touch with us.

"I would also like to ask anyone who may have seen Sian and her children, or who may have information about their movements since the last confirmed sighting on 13 December, to call us."