A post office worker who asked a police officer to carry out an unathorised police check on her future son-in-law has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service.

Kamini Patel, 54, of Village Way, Beckenham, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court today.

She had previously pleaded guilty to asking a Metropolitan Police Constable to carry out an unauthorised police check to find out if her future son-in-law had any criminal convictions.

In February 2011 a Police officer contacted the Directorate of Professional Standards [DPS] to report the incident.

An investigation was launched resulting in Patel's arrest on 4 March.

DI Claire Moxon, from the MPS Directorate of Professional Standards, said: "Police systems contain sensitive personal information that must be kept confidential.

"The officer did exactly the right thing and reported it straight away so that we were able to take action. We will take action against anyone who asks a police officer to conduct unauthorised police checks."