Maidstone sham marriages stopped

Posted: March 13, 2014 in Law & Disorder
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eupakistanA brace of Maidstone sham weddings were stopped after the grooms were arrested by immigration officers.
The suspected sham marriages were stopped just before the ceremonies at the Archbishop’s Palace, in Mill Street, on Monday.
A 32-year-old Indian man was arrested at 10am on suspicion of entering the country illegally. His wanna-be bride, a 24-year-old Hungarian woman, was questioned by officers but as per usual released without charge.
Investigators then stopped the next planned wedding from going ahead and arrested a 26-year-old Pakistani man on suspicion of attempting to remain in the country illegally.
His intended bride, a 30-year-old Slovakian woman, was arrested on suspicion of facilitating a false marriage. Apparently there was no link between the two sham marriages which shows just how common these sham marriages are.
Both grooms have now been placed in immigration detention and will be deported.
Officers who attended the Kent County Council-run register office also discovered thousands of pounds in the boot of a car, which has been seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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  1. […] Maidstone Sham Marriages Stopped March 13th, 2014 — “A brace of Maidstone sham weddings were stopped after the grooms were arrested by immigration officers. The suspected sham marriages were stopped just before the ceremonies at the Archbishop’s Palace, in Mill Street, on Monday. A 32-year-old Indian man was arrested at 10am on suspicion of entering the country illegally. His wanna-be bride, a 24-year-old […]” […]

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