Police in Amsterdam were under fire last night for allegedly helping two young underage Muslims to marry in the Netherlands – so the bride could avoid being sent back to her family's native Pakistan for a traditional arranged marriage to her cousin.

Although they denied last night that they had acted as "wedding planners" or even as "mediators", a police spokesman confirmed that the girl had been collected by officers "directly from school" and delivered under escort to the secret location where the wedding had taken place.

The ages of the couple have not been revealed, but it's understood the bride did secure the consent of her parents to marry her Pakistani-Hindustani boyfriend, on condition they would renew their wedding vows in the usual Dutch civil ceremony when they turn 18.

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