Pictured: The moment police swoop in on sham marriage.
This is the moment a sham wedding was busted by police, just moments before the fake bride and groom said “I do”.
Immigration officers swooped in on the fake wedding in Hull, East Yorks, just before the 33-year-old Pakistani groom, wed a 27-year-old blushing Hungarian bride.
Officers arrested five people including the Hungarian bride, who was wearing a full, white, wedding dress and the smartly dressed groom, wearing a suit.
Three wedding “guests”, a Pakistani man, 48, a Hungarian man, 44, and a Hungarian woman, 23, were also arrested following intelligence to suggest the couple’s relationship was not genuine.
The ceremony was about to start at the Hull Register Officer, at 2pm on Thursday, when the officers interrupted the big day to make the arrests.
The action comes after growing fears that people with European Union citizenship are being paid thousands of pounds to marry non-EU citizens, allowing them to stay in Britain.
Mark Bates, of Home Office Criminal Investigations, said: “Where we receive information that a wedding may be suspicious we will investigate and, if necessary, intervene and arrest those involved.
“This investigation will now continue following the arrests we have made and the evidence we have seized.”
At the time, Detective Sergeant Andy Norris, of the UK Border Agency, said: “We are confident we have caught these illegal activities before Hull is made a hub for this sort of crime. People who think they can use Hull in this way will need to think again.”
The “bride” and “groom” are now being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to facilitate a breach of UK immigration law, along with the 48-year-old man.
The 23-year-old woman has been released on bail pending further investigations and the 44-year-old man has been released without charge.