Sham marriages on the rise in UK

The number of suspected sham marriages by illegal immigrants has leapt by more than half in the past year.

Figures from the Home Office show a 54% jump in suspected cases reported by registrars in England and Wales.

The leap comes after the Law Lords overturned a government scheme designed to stop illegal immigrants marrying.

Registrars have told the BBC that marriage rackets are using Eastern European brides to provide other migrants with a toehold in the UK.