UKBA working closely with registrars to identify sham marriages

Four arrested as part of probe into suspected sham marriage in Reading

29th September 2010: The UK Border Agency said it was working closely with registrars to identify sham marriages.


The assertion came after four people were arrested as part of investigation into a suspected sham marriage in Reading.

Acting on intelligence, UKBA officers from the Agency’s Thames Valley immigration crime team swooped on Reading register office just as the service was about to start.

The would-be bride, a 25-year-old Polish national, and her groom, a 22-year-old Pakistani man were both arrested on suspicion of perjury. Two witnesses, both Polish men, were also arrested on suspicion of assisting illegal immigration. All four are being questioned by police and by our officers.

At the same time officers carried out searches of three addresses in the Southall and Northolt areas of west London.

Rob Allen, head of the Berkshire local immigration team, UK Border Agency said: ‘We are working closely with registrars to identify marriages that may not be genuine, and where we suspect that may be the case we will investigate.

 ‘We will not tolerate immigration abuse and our immigration crime teams are cracking down on sham marriages all over the country.

 ‘Our main aim is to identify the organisers who profit from and fuel the demand for sham marriages, and destroy their criminal business.’

The enforcement operation was part of planned nationwide action by us to tackle illegal immigration and organised immigration crime.

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