Colombian arrested on Gretna wedding day

Anvil Hall, Gretna The South American man was arrested before his wedding scheduled at Gretna's Anvil Hall

A 32-year-old South American man has been arrested as he attempted to get married at Anvil Hall in Gretna.

UK Border Agency officers received intelligence on a wedding scheduled to take place on Saturday.

The Colombian, who had overstayed his visa, was due to marry a 25-year-old Slovakian woman.

He was arrested before the wedding took place and is being held in detention while steps are taken to remove him back to Colombia.

Anna Beattie, from the UKBA in Scotland, said: "Anyone in the UK illegally and seeking to evade our immigration laws can expect to be found by us and removed from the UK.

"The UKBA is working with colleagues at registration offices throughout Scotland and receives intelligence from a wide variety of sources.

"We will not hesitate to act against those who mistakenly believe that they can abuse the immigration system."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC South Scotland



5 °C 0 °C

Features & Analysis

  • A resin model of a sculpture illustrating the WW1 Christmas Truce football matchChristmas truce

    How France has forgotten the WW1 enemies who shook hands

  • Woman thinkingWho? What? Why?

    The questions of 2014, answered succinctly

  • Banda Aceh in 2004 and 2014Then and now

    Images of transformation 10 years on from the Indian Ocean tsunami

  • JACK O'Connell Big break

    Why Jack O'Connell is the talk of Hollywood

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Barn collectionFind of the century

    BBC Autos takes a look at the rusting car collection worth millions - discovered in a French barn


  • (File photo) A mother polar bear and two cubssThe Travel Show Watch

    From polar bear watching to crocodile conservation - highlights from 2014

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.