Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bride of Bigamist Risks Deportation

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bride of Bigamist Risks Deportation

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Byline: By Brenda Hickman

A tangled web of love and deceit unraveled today as the fourth bride of a convicted bigamist faces deportation.

Alan Hedley, 52, met and fell in love with Russian Ludmila Repina on the internet.

But his bid to bring Ludmila to his North East home and make her his wife led immigration officials to discover he had married three times before, once illegally.

As revealed in the later editions of yesterday's Chronicle, Hedley, of Beechwoods, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, had "married" his third wife, a Latvian, while still married to his second .

Hedley, a die-caster by trade, was spared jail at Newcastle Crown Court.

He was given two concurrent 100-hour community service sentences after he admitted charges of bigamy and assisting an illegal entry into the country in breach of the immigration regulations.

Today Hedley was keeping a low profile as the fate of his present legitimate marriage to Ludmila remains in question. The Chronicle can reveal Ludmila faces being sent back to Russia as she was only granted entry in the UK on February 15, 2002, for a two-week visit.

She made a plea to the Home Office, supported by her husband, to allow her to stay.

It took more than a year for the application to be considered while immigration officials investigated Hedley's bigamy case.

But the Home Office has rejected the application. Unless she appeals, Ludmila will have leave her County Durham home.

Before he met Ludmila, Hedley tied the knot with Latvian Dzintra Deiccmane - while he was already married. He struck up a long- distance romance with Dzintra after they met through a newspaper advertisement.

The couple finally wed at Gateshead Register Office on October 28, 1998, with Hedley declaring that he was a bachelor.

But the truth was he already had two failed marriages behind him. …

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