15 October 2010

Bride and groom arrested at altar by UK immigration officials

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UK Border Agency officers swooped in and arrested a bride and bridegroom at the altar of a Nottingham church.

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UK immigration officers prevented a bogus wedding from being completed in Hyson Green, on Sunday morning.

UK immigration officers arrested the pair less than three minutes into the wedding at St Stephen with St Paul Church, in Hyson Green, on Sunday morning.

The bride, Folashade Ladapo, a 35-year-old Nigerian, of Noel Street, Hyson Green, and bridegroom Ramsley De Kaster, a 42-year-old Dutch national of no fixed abode, were charged with conspiracy to breach immigration law.

They appeared at Nottingham Magistrates' Court on Monday, when they were remanded in custody until they appear at Nottingham Crown Court on October 25.

A UK Borders Agency spokesman said the arrests were the first by its officers during a wedding in Nottingham, and the priest-in-charge of the church and the Archdeacon of Nottingham were made aware of the operation.

A marriage certificate alone does not give foreign nationals the right to live and work in the UK, as their relationship also has to be genuine. If, at any stage, the UK Border Agency proves a couple has formed a relationship to exploit the UK immigration system, the couple can face prosecution or deportation.

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