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."