Search

Forest Gate vicar presiding over sham marriages ordered to pay £10,792

10:51 27 November 2012

Rev Brian Shipsides sentenced after conducting sham marriages in Forest Gate

Rev Brian Shipsides sentenced after conducting sham marriages in Forest Gate

Archant

A Forest Gate vicar, who carried out more than 100 sham marriages, has been ordered to hand over £10,792 in criminal proceeds.

Reverend Brian Shipsides, 56, of Claremont Road, Forest Gate, presided over the weddings, involving west African migrants, at the All Saints Church in Forest Gate between December 2007 and July 2010.

He was arrested by officers from the UK Border Agency in August 2010 following an investigation into a number of suspicious ceremonies at the church.

In April Shipsides was sentensed to four-and-a-half years imprisonment at Inner London Crown Court.

Last Friday (Nov 23) a judge at the same court ruled that the value of Shipsides’ criminal conduct amounted to £29,382.

Shipsides was suspended by the Diocese following his arrest but continued to receive a stipend until his removal from the post in May.

The stipend was reduced by £18,589 to help recover wedding fees he had retained but not declared.

The judge ordered Shipsides to pay the balance of £10,792 within the next six months or face a further six months imprisonment.

Latest News Stories

58 minutes ago
Mohammed Hossain (picture: Javier Casado)

A rickshaw driver from Plaistow has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a young clubber after offering her a free ride home.

London
13:32
The W19 bus crashed into a tree in Manor Park. Picture: @RoseStephensArt via Twitter

Ten people were taken to hospital after a bus carrying passengers crashed into a tree.

Newham police
Ilianna Tachtsidis, six, at the Spark Festival

Fun was had with science at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as it played host to the Spark Festival.

Elizabeth Olympic
Early years children are developing faster in Newham than the national average

Children in Newham are developing faster than the national average according to data collected from schools this summer.

Most read news

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder