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Five charged over Sheffield 'sham marriage'

Five people suspected of being involved in a sham marriage ceremony in Sheffield have appeared in court.

Four men and one woman have been charged with conspiracy to obtain leave to remain in the UK by deception, the UK Border Agency said.

They appeared at Sheffield Magistrates' Court on Wednesday and will appear again at the Crown Court on 4 August.

The Border Agency said the five were arrested on Monday afternoon in Sheffield and Leeds.

Slovakian woman Barbora Vilckova, 35, of Brooks Bank Avenue, Bradford, appeared at the magistrates court along with Ahmed Subhani, 32, of Chester Avenue, Luton, who is originally from Pakistan.

Fellow Pakistani national, Sajid Mehmood, 36, of Cresswell Road, Sheffield, and Slovakian nationals Gizar Demeter, 35, of Ligate Terrace, Bradford and Milan Benak, 38, of Brooks Bank Avenue, Bradford, also appeared.

They were remanded in custody ahead of their next court appearance.

A fifth man was arrested and released on police bail.

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