Six people arrested over suspected sham marriages

Six people, five men and one woman, have been arrested after a UK Border Agency operation at three registration offices in Dumfries and Galloway.

Officers acting on intelligence investigated weddings taking place at Gretna, Langholm and Moffat.

All those arrested were found to have overstayed their visas and five of them had travelled to Scotland from the Greater London area for the ceremonies.

They have been detained while steps are taken to remove them from the UK.

At Gretna, two Pakistani men, a 21-year-old who was due to be married to a Lithuanian woman and another aged 33, who was acting as a witness to the marriage, were both arrested.

Also at Gretna a 22-year-old Pakistani man was arrested as he planned to marry a Polish woman.

In Langholm a 23-year-old Pakistani man was arrested as he attempted to marry a Polish woman.

In the operation at Moffat a 32-year-old Nigerian woman was arrested as she attempted to marry a Lithuanian man. A 23-year-old Indian man who was acting as a witness was also arrested.

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