A FAILED asylum-seeker used fake documents to get jobs in schools looking after vulnerable students.

James Ekpa, 36, obtained work as a teaching assistant in schools for three years, bypassing strict child protection safeguards.

Liberian Ekpa, who fled to Bridlington to escape the authorities after his claim for asylum failed, had passed two enhanced Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks using fake documents.

He was only caught when he was stopped for shoplifting and, despite using his false identity at the police station, checks with the Border Agency immediately flagged up that they were fake.

Jailing him for 12 months, Judge David Tremberg said: “Jobs are hard to come by in this country.

“People with legitimate rights to look for work were deprived of that opportunity by you by taking such employment.”

Hull Crown Court heard Ekpa had entered the UK from Liberia in 2005 and after his asylum bid failed he went on the run, eventually moving Bridlington.

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