Accessibility options


Ten held in 'sham marriage' raids

Date: 16/2/2011 23:50:51

Search: UK Border Agency Rotherham Manchester sham marriage

Ten people have been arrested as police and the UK Border Agency targeted an alleged international sham marriage gang.

Investigators believe that women from Eastern Europe were coming to the UK and offering themselves - for a price - as brides for would-be migrants.

The UK Border Agency's specialist Immigration Crime Team joined forces with South Yorkshire Police to carry out a series of raids on addresses in and around Rotherham and Manchester.

The operation - code named Razorback - was the largest to date with the aim of arresting the gang leaders and organisers as well as their would-be brides.

Unlike previous sham marriages, the grooms are not in the UK but based in Pakistan, investigators said.

The UK Border Agency said brides would fly out to get married and then return, submitting an application for their husbands to come and join them here in the UK. Officers suspect that the gang thought this less direct route would be less conspicuous than attempting to marry here in the UK.

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

Advertisement starts


Advertisement

Advertisement ends

Those arrested included a Pakistani man aged 25; a Pakistani woman aged 25; a Slovak male aged 19, and seven Czech and Slovak women aged between 21 and 36.

Detective Sergeant Alisdair Duncan, from the UK Border Agency Immigration Crime Team leading the operation, said: "We believe we have cracked an organised conspiracy in which marriage fixers and European brides were making money from Pakistani grooms desperate to find a way to stay in the UK.

"Anyone trying to benefit illegally from the privileges of life in the UK faces prison and deportation."

2014 © Press Association

Advertisement starts



Advertisement ends

Advertisement starts


Advertisement

Advertisement ends

  • Amazing timelapse: London Bridge station at night
    Amazing timelapse: London Bridge station at night
    Watch this amazing timelapse footage as Network Rail engineers install a huge new signal gantry that spans 10 of the 11 tracks on the approach to London Bridge station. A tall crane was imported from Holland to lift the structure which spans more then 3 r
  • HTC unveils the new Nexus 9 tablet
    HTC unveils the new Nexus 9 tablet
    HTC has launched the very first Android Lollipop tablet, the Nexus 9. The tablet brings together Google's software and HTC's design and technology.
  • Stoke change tactics after Shawcross penalty
    Stoke change tactics after Shawcross penalty
    Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross gave away a penalty in the 2-1 win over Swansea earlier this month for grappling with Wilfried Bony and is now being deployed as a zonal defender. Assistant manager Mark Bowen says they are trying to take the centre-back out o
  • Interstellar: McConaughey, Chastain and Hathaway glam up for red carpet
    Interstellar: McConaughey, Chastain and Hathaway glam up for red carpet
    Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway walked the red carpet in London's Leicester Square at the premiere of Christopher Nolan's space epic Interstellar, along with their co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Sir Michael Caine. Interstellar is about mankin
arrow
Amazing timelapse: London Bridge station at night
Watch this amazing timelapse footage as Network Rail engineers install a huge new signal gantry that spans 10 of the 11 tracks on the approach to London Bridge station. A tall crane was imported from Holland to lift the structure which spans more then 3 r

5 day forecastMy local weather

Overcast
London
min: 10º
max:15º
 
 

Daily Pictures

Advertisement starts



Advertisement ends