Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

EASTENDER HARDMAN 'BEATENUP BY WIFE'; Row after Rebekah 'Spends Night Comforting Blunkett'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

EASTENDER HARDMAN 'BEATENUP BY WIFE'; Row after Rebekah 'Spends Night Comforting Blunkett'

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Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;VALENTINE LOW;SHEKHAR BHATIA

SUN editor Rebekah Wade was arrested today for allegedly beating up her husband Ross Kemp.

Police were called to the couple's house in Battersea at 4am. Ms Wade, 37, was arrested there after Kemp was said to have suffered a cut to the mouth.

Ms Wade was held in custody for nearly eight hours.

Kemp, 41, who plays EastEnders tough guy Grant Mitchell, is believed to have refused medical treatment.

He turned up on set for filming later.

Ms Wade, who was appointed the first woman editor of the newspaper in 2003, was taken to Wandsworth police station for questioning.

She was held in custody until noon when she was released. Police said no further action would be taken.

According to sources Ms Wade was out last night commiserating with David Blunkett, a close personal friend, following his resignation from the Cabinet.

When she returned home she is said to have had a row with Kemp, her husband of three years. Ms Wade had been due to attend the 50th Women of the Year Lunch this afternoon at the Guildhall.

Her arrest could not have come at a worse time, with circulation of the Sun in decline and News International boss Rupert Murdoch currently in London. As editor of the Sun, Ms Wade instigated a long-running campaign against domestic violence.

A neighbour living opposite the three-storey home said Ms Wade's chauffeur-driven Mercedes had arrived to pick her up for work at 6.30 this morning as usual.

The neighbour, who did not want to be named, said the driver waited outside the house for 15 minutes. When Ms Wade did not emerge, he let himself into the house, stayed for a short while and then left. The circumstances of the row were not confirmed today. Scotland Yard refused to give details of the incident or reveal the names of those involved. …

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