Those taking part in sham marriages have certainly hit the ground running in 2013.
On Monday 7th January at Park Circus, in Glasgow, a 32-year-old Nigerian man who was attempting to marry a 31-year-old Slovakian woman was arrested and detained on suspicion of immigration offences before the marriage could take place. The Nigerian geezer had paid someone £100 to drive him from London to Glasgow and he had also paid the woman, who has an address in Wolverhampton, £1,000 to marry him.
In Annan, on Tuesday 8th January, a 25-year-old Pakistani man was arrested as he attempted to marry a 25-year-old Bulgarian woman. Two other Pakistani men aged 20, and 28, were also arrested, and all three were all detained on suspicion of immigration offences. They had all travelled together to Annan from Preston in Lancashire.
At Greenock registration office on 10th January a 23-year-old Pakistani man was arrested before he could take part in a sham marriage to a 25 -year-old Czech woman who has an address in Glasgow. A 25-year-old Pakistani man who was a guest at the wedding was also arrested on suspicion of immigration offences. Another guest at the bogus ceremony was served with a Notice of Potential Liability on behalf of the Manzil Indian takeaway on Princes Street, Port Glasgow for illegally employing the would-be groom.