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16:05 Tuesday 13 November 2012  Written by Philip Dewey

Groom arrested at ceremony for suspected sham wedding

A 40-year-old man was arrested at The Centre, Slough
A 40-year-old man was arrested at The Centre, Slough

A wedding in Slough was interrupted by the UK Border Agency who arrested the groom on suspicion of taking part in a 'sham marriage'.

Officers attended the ceremony at The Centre, in Farnham Road, yesterday at 12.30pm where they arrested a 40-year-old man from Pakistan for being in the country illegally, having overstayed his visa.

The operation was carried out by the Border Agency with the full cooperation of the superintendent, acting on information that the relationship may not be genuine.

The man was due to marry a 33-year-old Polish woman, even though the couple didn't speak the same language and needed translators to communicate.

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

Assistant director Paul Smith, from the UK Border Agency, said: "We're working closely with registrars across the Thames Valley 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."

Anyone with information about immigration crime can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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