Arrest at suspected sham wedding in Blackpool
Source: UKBA
A man from Algeria was arrested just moments before he was due to take part in a suspected 'sham' marriage in Blackpool.

Acting on information that the relationship may not be genuine, officers attended Blackpool Register Office, Festival House, Lord Street shortly before 10:00 on Monday 16 December.

Just before the ceremony was due to begin, officers intervened and the 45-year-old man, who had been living on the Promenade in Blackpool, was arrested after checks revealed he was in the country illegally.

He had been due to marry a 51-year-old British woman, who was interviewed by officers and later released. The 'groom' has been detained pending his removal from the UK.

The operation was carried out with the full co-operation of the Superintendent Registrar.