Cops halt ‘fake wedding’

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A COUPLE have appeared in court charged with plotting to take part in a fake marriage in Halifax.

The ceremony, at Calderdale Register Office, is understood to have been halted by police working on a tip-off.

Both the bride and groom were arrested.

The charge they face alleges the sham wedding was to gain a resident’s permit for the groom.

He is Nahid Chaudhary, 31 – not a legal British citizen. The charge alleges he was to marry Ewelina Piotrowska, 23 – a Pole – of Shepley Street, Wakefield.

The bride and groom were unable to speak English and both needed interpreters when they appeared at Calderdale Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Piotrowska, who has a two-year-old child, and Chaudhary are also charged with perjury.

The couple are accused with four others of conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK by way of a fake marriage.

The other four are Saeed Akhtar, 33, of Hammond Street, Halifax, who has been a legal British citizen since 2009; Jam Roze, 43, of Cedar Street, Halifax, a citizen since 2002; Kamran Qamar, 34, of Westfield Place, Halifax, since 2007 and Mohammed Akhtar, 42, from Wakefield, who is not a British citizen.

Mohammed Akhtar and the groom were remanded in custody.

All the others have been granted conditional bail.

They will appear at Bradford Crown Court on March 31.