`Specialist teams of immigration officers’ for probing sham marriages

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25th July 2010: The UK Border Agency has asserted it has `specialist teams of immigration officers’ and police for probing sham marriages.


It has already declared that the Agency is on a hunt for the organisers of sham marriages; and its immigration crime teams are already creating a hostile environment for the immigration laws breakers.

The assertion on `specialist teams’ of immigration officers and police investigating such cases came soon after a bride and groom together with four wedding guests were arrested as part of a UK Border Agency investigation into a suspected sham marriage.

Acting on intelligence, officers from the UK Border Agency’s north west immigration crime team targeted Manchester Register Office at around midday, as the service was about to start.

The would-be bride, a Nigerian national, and her groom, a Czech male, were both arrested for conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration. Two marriage witnesses, both Nigerian, were also arrested along with two other Nigerian wedding guests on suspicion of assisting illegal immigration. All six are now being questioned by police and immigration officers.

In a follow up operation, the UK Border Agency crime team conducted searches at four addresses in Manchester and one in Liverpool.

Head of the UK Border Agency immigration crime team in the north-west Dave Magrath said: `We are committed to tackling sham marriages and take action against those who try to falsify marriages in order to gain entry to the UK.

‘We have specialist teams of immigration officers and police working o investigate cases just like this and ensuring people are not able to benefit from breaking the UK’s immigration laws.’

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