A sham marriage was cut short by immigration officers in Enfield last week with the council warning it is working closely with the Home Office to prevent abuse of the system.

Acting on intelligence, Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers visited Enfield Registry Office, at Gentleman’s Row, and arrested a man from outside the EU who was about to enter into a sham marriage.

His would-be bride was questioned by officers and later released.

The would-be groom has been detained and is most likely to be deported.

Cllr Doug Taylor, the Leader of Enfield Council said “These operations are examples of the successful work we are doing with Home Office colleagues to combat immigration abuse in Enfield.

“We work closely with other law enforcement agencies across the area to prevent people from abusing the marriage system in a bid to get round our immigration laws.

“Where we receive information that a wedding may be suspicious we will work with the Home Office who will investigate and, if necessary, intervene and arrest those involved.”

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