When the couple almost pronounced the “I do” words during the ceremony, the immigration officers burst in on a supposed sham marriage.
A 32-year-old man was sent back to Nigeria and a 22-year-old woman from Portugal has been bailed over immigration offences.
‘We believe in a fair borough and it is simply disgraceful to lie in our registry office in order to cheat the system,’ explained the situation Harrow Council leader Susan Hall. One in five marriages in urban areas is supposedly for visa purposes.
‘Most registration officers are not immigration officers, they came into this business to facilitate marriage. So therefore they don’t want to be cynical,’ Mark Rimmer of the Local Registration Services Association told Sky News.
‘Unfortunately therefore what happens is the ones that are absolutely blatant get reported and there are some that are borderline that slip through without being reported – and that is the iceberg under the water and that’s huge – it is absolutely huge.’