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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 October, 2004, 12:05 GMT 13:05 UK
Rooney fiancée stopped at customs
Coleen McLoughlin
Coleen McLoughlin was held for about two hours by customs officers
The fiancée of Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has been questioned by customs officials after returning from a shopping trip to New York.

Coleen McLoughlin, 18, was stopped at Manchester Airport for going through the wrong channel, but not arrested.

The teenager was reportedly treated to a £10,000 shopping spree by Rooney.

A customs spokesman refused to comment on Ms McLoughlin's case but said a number of people were stopped for "being in excess of their allowances".

Rooney recently joined United in a £30m deal and scored a hat-trick on his debut in the Champions League last week.

She cooperated fully with officers in paying an amount deemed to be due on clothes and gifts bought in America
Coleen McLoughlin's spokesperson
Ms McCoughlin flew into Manchester at 0555 BST on British Airways flight BA1502 from JFK Airport, New York.

It is understood she was not stopped for carrying excess amounts of tobacco or alcohol.

She was held for about two hours before leaving shortly after 0900 BST.

A Customs and Excise spokesman said: "We stopped 14 people that had arrived on a flight from New York to Manchester this morning.

"A number of them were stopped in relation to underpaid duty and an appropriate financial penalty was applied.

People on Fifth Avenue, New York
Ms McLoughlin had been on a shopping trip with friends

"No arrests were made."

A spokesperson for Ms McCoughlin said: "I can confirm that Coleen was questioned by customs officers at Manchester Airport on her return from a shopping trip to New York with friends.

"Like countless others, she visited the city to see the sites and do some pre-Christmas shopping.

"She was entirely unaware that she was in breach of any regulations and cooperated fully with officers in paying an amount deemed to be due on clothes and gifts bought in America.

"No charges have been brought and the matter is now closed."

Passengers returning to the UK who pass through the "Nothing to Declare" customs channel are only allowed to carry £145 worth of miscellaneous goods, such as jewellery and clothes.


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