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Reverend is arrested for 'sham marriages'

By Croydon Advertiser  |  Posted: August 19, 2011

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A SERVING Thornton Heath vicar has been arrested on suspicion of carrying out sham marriages at his church, it has emerged.

The Reverend Nathan Ntege, of St Jude with St. Aidan, Thornton Road, was arrested by officers from the UK Border Agency on June 4, 2011.

He was bailed and has been banned from conducting services at the church pending an inquiry.

A UKBA spokesman said: "A 52-year-old man was arrested at an address in Thornton Heath on the morning of Saturday June 4, in connection with an investigation into sham marriages in south London."

The spokesman added Mr Ntege was arrested on suspicion of carrying out an act to facilitate the commission of a breach of UK immigration law.

A spokesperson for the Diocese of Southwark said: "The Reverend Nathan Ntege, vicar of St Jude, Thornton Heath, was arrested on Saturday, June 4.

"The Border Agency is investigating matters concerning the conduct of marriages which have taken place at St Jude's church.

"He has been released on bail, the terms of which mean that he is not able to undertake public ministry until the investigation is complete.

"The Diocese of Southwark will be ensuring that the Rev Nathan Ntege, his family and the parish receive pastoral care and support."

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  • tbabygib  |  August 21 2011, 4:11PM

    thats what i meant but to PC to say, well done you, but then again you live in france :/ .

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  • Ivor_Shed  |  August 21 2011, 3:59PM

    Nathan Ntege - perhaps I'm just 'namist'

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  • tbabygib  |  August 20 2011, 5:34PM

    AMEN TO THAT TOO.

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  • minniemoose  |  August 20 2011, 5:22PM

    Things that go on in churches, doesn't surprise me at all...amen.

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  • tbabygib  |  August 20 2011, 5:11PM

    oh, and while i'm at it ...... there is no comment box for "Blue badge fraudsters convicted" they have NO idea of the frustration they cause for the GENUINE card holders, maybe they should have both legs broken so they don't work, or parts of their lungs removed, and see how they can get around then! those spaces which are few, are so important to those who need them, "normal" spaces are too small to get wheel chairs out of, and those who can walk that short distance, but need the use of the stores wheel chair are being deprived of those spaces...so THINK ON FRAUDSTERS, you may really need one, one day and know just how frustrating it is. "RANT DONE FOR THE MO' ! "

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  • tbabygib  |  August 20 2011, 4:47PM

    take the "Rev" away and you just have a plain mr Nathen Ntege conman,! No wonder the country is in the state it's in, A man of the clothe! he should have his dress taken away and sit in a cell of a long time to reflect on his actions on how much he has conned his congregation, who believes in what he say's in his sermons !!! SHAME ON YOU MR NTEGE.

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