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An entire wedding party including the bride, groom and five guests have been arrested in Leeds allegedly taking part in a sham marriage ceremony, the BBC reports.

Immigration officers from the UK Border Agency and Police Officers stormed the wedding at Leeds Town Hall on Monday morning.

A Pakistani groom, 23, and his 22-year-old Slovakian bride were arrested as they were about to take their vows.

Three Pakistani men and two Slovak women in the wedding party were also arrested and questioned.

Police searched a number of addresses in the city as part of their investigations.

A marriage is considered to be a sham when a non-European national marries someone from the European economic area or the UK as a means to stay in the UK, gaining the right to work and claiming benefits.

Migrants seeking to beat the immigration system target Europeans, for instance Poles, Latvians or Slovakians, rather than UK Citizens, as it is easier to obtain indefinite leave to remain (ILR) under EEA rules.

The UK Border Agency said that since last summer 155 people have been arrested for sham marriages across the UK. Source BBC.

See also:

BBC’s Panorama investigates ‘big fat sham wedding’

Sheffield sham wedding group jailed

Latvian sham bride found in bed with real boyfriend

Latvia blames Ireland for its Citizens taking part in sham marriages for money

Special work permit application forms and guidance for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals published 

Jailed people trafficking mastermind could be freed within months

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