A Couple Have Been Arrested On Suspicion Of Female Genital Mutilation Of A Child.

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Police arrest two in connection with female genital mutilation of London schoolgirl

A man and woman have been arrested in connection with the suspected female genital mutilation (FGM) of a child.

The 49-year-old woman was arrested at Heathrow Airport after she arrived on a flight from Nairobi, Kenya, at 5am on Wednesday. More after the cut…

She was accompanied by an eight-year-old girl, who has been placed into protective care, Scotland Yard said. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police refused to confirm whether the child travelling with the woman was the suspected victim of FGM overseas.

The 45-year-old man, who was not on the flight, was also arrested at the airport. The suspects have been taken into custody at a south London police station, on suspicion of helping a foreign national to commit FGM overseas.

The pair were arrested after an application for a FGM prevention order from the Camberwell Child Abuse Investigation Team. Police were alerted after a south London school raised concerns that one of its pupils had failed to attend school and was believed to have been taken to Somalia.