Pensioner arrested in Newham over planned female genital mutilation of 11-year-old

Two people have been arrested under the Female Genital Mutilation Act

Two people have been arrested under the Female Genital Mutilation Act - Credit: Archant

A pensioner has been arrested in Newham over conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation.

The 72-year-old Ugandan man was stopped by police at Heathrow Airport on Friday morning after arriving with an 11-year-old girl on a flight from Kampala, Uganda.

Specialist officers took the girl - a UK national - into the care of social services.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Officers acted upon information given and a 40-year-old woman was arrested in Hackney under Section 2 of the FGM Act 2003, namely aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring a girl to carry out FGM on herself.”

The man was arrested on suspicion of the same offence in Newham on Saturday.


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Both suspects have been bailed pending further investigation.

The police spokesman added: “The Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 makes it illegal to participate in any sort of arrangement for FGM to be performed on another, either inside or outside the UK.”

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