Northern Ireland

Men arrested ahead of sham marriage in Enniskillen

Three Pakistani men have been arrested moments before taking part in a suspected "sham marriage" in Enniskillen.

Immigration enforcement officers went to the town's register office in Townhall Street at 14:00 GMT on Monday.

They arrested the men after checks revealed they had entered the country illegally having travelled from Dublin.

A 24-year-old Estonian woman from Dublin was arrested and released.

Her release was dependent on her voluntarily agreeing to leave Northern Ireland.

She had been due to "marry" one of the men who was 29 years old.

The two other men, aged 26 and 27, were there to act as witnesses.

All three were arrested for entering the UK illegally.

They are currently in Home Office detention while steps are taken to remove them from Northern Ireland.

Mike Golden for Home Office Immigration Enforcement, said: "We are carrying out frequent operations in Northern Ireland to crack down on suspected sham weddings.

"Where we receive information that a wedding may be suspicious we will investigate."

A sham marriage or civil partnership typically occurs when a non-European national marries someone from the European Economic Area as a means of attempting to gain long-term residency and the right to work and claim benefits in the UK.

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