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Arrest at suspected sham marriage in Liverpool

date:Mar 22,2013 source:互联网 editorial staff:linan clicks:

An immigration offender from Algeria has been arrested just moments before he was due to take part in a suspected sham marriage at Liverpool register office.

Acting on information that the relationship may not be genuine, UK Border Agency officers attended St George's Hall in Liverpool just before 11:00 today (Tuesday 19 March).

The operation was carried out with the full co-operation of the Superintendent registrar.

Just before the ceremony began officers intervened and the 29-year-old man was arrested for overstaying his visa and remaining in the UK illegally.

He had been due to marry a 25-year-old Polish woman.

The bride was questioned by officers and released, while the Algerian man has been detained pending his removal from the UK.

Alison Wray, head of enforcement for the UK Border Agency in the North West, said:

'We're working closely with registrars to clamp down on sham weddings and civil partnerships.

'Where there are suspicions that a relationship may not be genuine we will investigate and, if necessary, intervene to stop it happening.'

A sham marriage or civil partnership typically occurs when a non-European national marries someone from the European Economic Area or the UK as a means of attempting to gain long-term residency and the right to work and claim benefits in the UK.

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