Arrests At Heathrow Over FGM Offences Overseas

Police say a school had raised concerns about a pupil who failed to attend class and was believed to have been taken to Somalia.

A man and a woman have been arrested at Heathrow Airport in connection with female genital mutilation (FGM) offences abroad, police say.

It comes after a south London school raised concerns about a pupil who failed to attend class and was believed to have been taken to Somalia.

Metropolitan Police officers from the Camberwell Child Abuse Investigation Team then successfully applied for a FGM Prevention Order.

The female suspect, 49, was detained after arriving around 5am off a flight from Nairobi, Kenya.

An eight-year-old girl who was with her has been taken into protective care.

The 45-year-old male suspect, who was not on the flight, was also arrested at the airport in west London.

Both adults are in custody at a police station in the south of the capital.

They were detained on suspicion of assisting a non-UK person to carry out FGM overseas.

Source: SKY NEWS, UK

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