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Police community support officer jailed for tricking Gatwick passengers

A former police community support officer who stole thousands of pounds by tricking passengers at Gatwick Airport into thinking they were carrying too much cash has been jailed for six and a half years.

Alexis Scott approached departing travellers as they were about to go through the final gate at the airport and asked how much money they were carrying.

She convinced some that they were carrying more than the maximum amount allowed and 'confiscated' the balance, before reassuring her victims they could claim it back when they returned.

The 39-year-old then placed the money under her uniform hat and headed back to the police station.

The scam was uncovered when returning passengers began asking airport officials for their money back.

PCSO to be sentenced for stealing from passengers

Alexis Scott will be sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court Credit: ITV Meridian

A community policewoman who stole thousands of pounds from passengers at Gatwick airport.is due to be sentenced today.

39-year-old Alexis Scott conned seven long-haul travellers while they were at departure gates. She told them they couldn't take more than one thousand pounds out of the country - and made them hand over all their spending money.

The 39-year-old then placed the money under her uniform hat and headed back to the police station.

The scam was uncovered when returning passengers began asking airport officials for their money back.

Scott, of Plumstead, south-east London, was arrested in May last year and accused of stealing more than £15,000 from seven victims. She was convicted in July of six offences of theft and one of misconduct in public office following a three-week trial at Canterbury Crown Court.

Scott, who was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing at the same court, was cleared by a jury of one count of theft.

Following the verdict, Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said Scott had fallen woefully short of the "highest personal and professional standards" expected by Sussex Police, abusing the trust the force had placed in her and the trust of the public.

After internal disciplinary proceedings in July last year Scott was dismissed from her job, which pays a basic salary between £18,500 and just over £20,000 a year.

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