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Police are "absolutely determined" to obtain a successful prosecution for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) despite no-one being convicted of the crime since it was outlawed more than 30 years ago, a senior officer has said. Inspector Allen Davis, from Scotland Yard's sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, said it…
A woman facing deportation to Nigeria has won a reprieve after Prime Minister Theresa May was told her three-year-old daughter faced female genital mutilation if they were returned. A decision to refuse Lola Ilesanmi's application to remain in the UK has been withdrawn and Mrs May has ordered immigration minister…
A domestic abuse victim whose daughter faces genital mutilation if deported has yet to receive answers from the UK Government, MPs have heard. The SNP's Hannah Bardell raised the case of Lola Ilesanmi at Prime Minister's Questions last week, urging Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd (pictured) to halt…
Theresa May has been urged to intervene to stop a domestic abuse victim's family being deported, amid genital mutilation fears for the woman's daughter. SNP MP Hannah Bardell described the abuse one of her Livingston constituents has suffered at the hands of her estranged husband, including her face being "smashed…
The national centre which has been tasked with wiping out the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is in jeopardy, it has been claimed. The National FGM Centre, which is run by the children's charity Barnardo's and the Local Government Association, aspires to prevent the practice by working with…
Children’s charity Barnardo’s is advising care professionals, including teachers, to be aware of the signs a girl may be at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) as ‘cutting season’ approaches. The so-called season arrives at the start of the summer holidays, when potentially thousands of UK girls could be…
Emilia Fox and Emily Watson are among the female celebrities voicing their commitment to women's rights in a powerful new film for ActionAid. Charlie Webster, Lucy Rose, Frances Barber, Tanya Burr, Gabriella Wilde and Sophie Cookson have also lent their voices to highlight how the charity supports women and girls…
Child protection experts are receiving a report about possible female genital mutilation every day, new figures reveal. An NSPCC helpline logged 1,564 contacts about girls who may have suffered or are risk of the practice between June 2013 and last month. It means people are getting in touch with the…
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