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A south London Church of England Vicar has been arrested on suspicion of conducting sham marriages, the BBC reports.

The Reverend Nathan Ntege, 52, of St Jude with St Aidan Church in Thornton Heath, was arrested on 4 June, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) said.

He was arrested on suspicion of carrying out an act to facilitate the commission of a breach of UK immigration law, according to the UKBA.

He has been bailed until 6 December pending further inquiries.

Church premises were searched as part of the investigation and the Diocese of Southwark and Church of England were made aware of what was happening, the agency said.

“The Borders Agency is investigating matters concerning the conduct of marriages which have taken place at St Jude’s church,” said a UKBA spokesman.

“He has been released on bail, the terms of which mean that he is not currently able to undertake public ministry until the investigation is complete.

“The Diocese of Southwark will be ensuring that the Revd Nathan Ntege, his family and the parish receive pastoral care and support.”

A sham marriage typically occurs when a non-European national marries someone from the UK or another country in the European Economic Area (EEA), as a means of trying to gain long-term residency and the right to work and claim benefits in this country.

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