AN IMMIGRATION officer has been jailed for three years and nine months for trying to extort money from an Indian man who was due to be removed from the UK.

Jaspreet Kaur from Romford pleaded guilty for demanding £2,500 from the Indian national. She falsely told him that she had “pulled strings” to have him released from Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre in March 2017.

She gave him a week to get the money and said any outstanding deportation orders against him would not be enforced if he paid the amount.

Kaur, 41, was arrested in July 2017.

Anton Allera, from the CPS, said: “Jaspreet Kaur abused her position of power for financial gain. Bribery is corrosive in any walk of life, let alone by someone like Kaur who was involved in deporting people from the UK. We are committed to prosecuting people who undermine confidence in our public services and who believe such corrupt behaviour is acceptable.”