Border police storm genuine wedding, which they suspected was a sham
Couple were separated and questioned for half an hour before ceremony resumed
UK border police stormed and halted a wedding in London before realising the suspected sham ceremony was genuine.
Italian groom Massimo Ciabattini and his Chinese bride Miao Guo were taking their vows in Camden Town Hall on Thursday when four police officers in flak jackets burst into the room.
Halting the ceremony, officers separated the couple and questioned them for half an hour about the marriage.
The bridesmaids were also questioned before the Home Office Immigration Enforcement staff realised that they had made a mistake.
The registrar had contacted the agency because the bride’s visa was expiring in six weeks and the pair, who met working for Harrods in Knightsbridge, had difficulty spelling each other’s surnames.
Border police had been so sure the marriage was a sham, that they had even invited a journalist from the Camden New Journal along to report on the raid.
But a Home Office employee later told the reporter: “It is either the best sham wedding I have ever seen or it is real”.
Following the interruption the wedding continued.
A spokesman from Camden Council said: “We are legally obliged to report any suspected sham marriages or civil partnerships to the Home Office, based on the criteria outlined in the Immigration and Asylum Act of 1999. It is then for the Home Office to decide how to progress and whether to take action.”
A Home Office spokesman said: “Where suspicions are raised that a marriage may not be genuine we will investigate. On this occasion no action was taken.”
- 1 Forget 'The Dress': Here are five of the biggest news stories you might have missed
- 2 The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
- 5 Saudi Muslim cleric claims the Earth is 'stationary' and the sun rotates around it
British are sexually uptight, dirty and drink too much – according to Spanish book
PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
White and gold or blue and black – what colour is the dress? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
Saudi Muslim cleric claims the Earth is 'stationary' and the sun rotates around it
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'
£9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This role is based within a small family run ...
£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Design and marketing agenc...
£46000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This property investment firm are lookin...
£18000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company specialises provid...