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Nine arrests in sham marriage operations in Bury and Rochdale
05 August 2013
Nine people have been arrested on Thursday 01 August in a series of simultaneous early morning raids carried out by our officers at addresses in the Bury and Rochdale area.
Seven of the people arrested are suspected of arranging and participating in sham marriages between Hungarian and Pakistani nationals and were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration.
The addresses visited this morning were:
Argyll Street, Bury where a 34-year-old Pakistani man and two women aged 18 and 23 from Hungary were arrested
Canning Street, Bury where three men aged 33, 30, and 27 from Pakistan were arrested.
Derby Street, Rochdale where a 25-year-old Hungarian woman and a man from Pakistan aged 26 were arrested.
Tweedale Street, Rochdale where a 24-year-old man from Pakistan was arrested.
A further 2 men who had not left the UK when their visas expired were also found and arrested, making a total of 11 arrests.
Nick Wood, criminal and financial investigation (immigration) team, Home Office said:
'We have teams of highly skilled and dedicated officers who are determined to clamp down on immigration crime.
'Where there are suspicions that a relationship may not be genuine we will investigate, and if necessary, intervene to stop it happening.
'Those who attempt to break immigration laws face prosecution and conviction.'
A sham marriage typically occurs when a non-European national marries someone from the European Economic Area as a way to gain long-term residency and the right to work and claim benefits in this country.
Anyone with information about immigration crime can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit their website Crimestoppers.