An immigration officer who added his wife’s name to a list of terrorist suspects has been fired.

The officer thought he had hit upon a fail-safe method of getting rid of his wife when he accessed a security database and included his wife on a watch list of people banned from boarding flights into Britain.

The idea was that his wife, who was visiting her family in Pakistan, would not be able to bet back into the UK because she was on a list of those whose presence in the country is ‘not conducive to the public good’.

As a result, the woman was unable to return to the UK for three years.

The immigration officer was only caught out when he applied for a promotion and his wife’s name was found on the suspects’ list during a vetting process.

When questioned over whether his wife was a suspected terrorist, the man broke down and confessed what he had done.

He has now been sacked for gross misconduct.