miércoles, 16 de octubre de 2013

Police storm sham marriage as couple prepares to say 'I do' - Metro

Police storm sham marriage as bride and groom say 'I do'
The would-be bride and groom were both arrested (Picture: Sky News)

This is the moment immigration officers burst in on a supposed sham marriage, one of 1,800 said to have taken place in the UK in the last three years.

Shocked guests looked on as the would-be bride and groom were both led away in handcuffs at a registry office in Harrow, north London.

Following the raid a 32-year-old man was sent back to Nigeria while a 22-year-old woman from Portugal has been bailed over immigration offences.

'We believe in a fair borough and it is simply disgraceful to lie in our registry office in order to cheat the system,' commented Harrow Council leader Susan Hall.

Police storm sham marriage as couple prepares to say 'I do'
One in five marriages in urban areas is supposedly for visa purposes (Picture: Sky News)

Details of the arrests, which took place last month, come amid claims one in five civil ceremonies in urban areas is a sham.

'Most registration officers are not immigration officers, they came into this business to facilitate marriage. So therefore they don't want to be cynical,' Mark Rimmer of the Local Registration Services Association told Sky News.

'Unfortunately therefore what happens is the ones that are absolutely blatant get reported and there are some that are borderline that slip through without being reported – and that is the iceberg under the water and that's huge – it is absolutely huge.'

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