Sham marriage crack down

Six people will be deported from the UK after being arrested at register offices in Gretna, Longtown and Moffat.

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Arrests at register offices

Six immigration offenders are due to be deported after a UK Border Agency operation at register offices in Gretna, Langholm and Moffat.

The two day operation happened on 9 and 10 October. Officers acted on intelligence and investigated weddings scheduled to take place at the registration offices.

  • At Gretna, 2 Pakistani men, a 21-year-old who was due to be married to a Lithuanian woman and another aged 33, who was acting as a witness to the marriage were both arrested.
  • A 22-year-old Pakistani man was arrested as he planned to marry a Polish woman again in Gretna.
  • In Langholm a 23-year-old Pakistani man was arrested as he attempted to marry a Polish woman.
  • In the operation at Moffat a 32-year-old Nigerian woman was arrested as she attempted to marry a Lithuanian man. A 23-year-old Indian man who was acting as a witness to this was also arrested.

All those arrested were found to have overstayed their visas and 5 had travelled to Scotland from the Greater London area for the ceremonies. They have all been detained while steps are now taken to deport them

Adam Scarcliffe, from the UK Border Agency, said:

"Anyone in the UK illegally and seeking to evade our immigration laws should take heed of this latest operation, and expect to be found by us and removed from the UK.

"The UK Border Agency is working with colleagues at registration offices throughout Scotland and receives intelligence from a wide variety of sources. We will not hesitate to act against those who mistakenly believe that they can abuse the immigration system."

– Adam Scarcliffe, The UK Border Agency
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