PUBLISHED: 17:42 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 11:11 12 August 2010
A BRIDE was arrested minutes after she tied the knot as border police swooped on her chauffeur driven car. Bromley Police and the UK Border Agency swooped on the bride, dressed in white, on Wednesday, September 17 at midday in Anerley Hill near Crystal P
A BRIDE was arrested minutes after she tied the knot as border police swooped on her chauffeur driven car.
Bromley Police and the UK Border Agency swooped on the bride, dressed in white, on Wednesday, September 17 at midday in Anerley Hill near Crystal Palace Park just after she said her vows at a church in Dulwich.
Police stopped the wedding party after their Ford Mondeo was recognised on an Automatic Number Plate Recognition system (ANPR).
One man and the bride were arrested on suspicion of illegal immigration and so was the 37-year-old Nigerian groom who arrived at the scene shortly afterwards.
The driver was not arrested.
Police later searched a house in Montana Gardens, Lower Sydenham where they found numerous passports with the same photograph but different names.
Two men at the Sydenham property were arrested and have since been jailed.
Kazeem Fasanya, 31, and Adey Senaike, 34, both of Montana Gardens, Lower Sydenham, were charged with possessing identity documents with intent and both pleaded guilty last Thursday at Croydon Crown Court.
Fasanya was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment and Senaike received a six months custodial sentence.
The groom is currently in custody and officers are working towards his deportation.
A 21-year-old Portuguese national, who was staying with friends in Southwark, was bailed to return to Bromley Police Station on November 6, on suspicion of facilitating the entry of an illegal immigrant in to the UK.
Area Director for UK Border agency, Hugh Ind, said: "We will leave no stone unturned and will work closely together to crack down on those attempting to abuse our immigration laws.