Woman arrested for conspiracy to commit FGM

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit female genital mutilation.

The 38-year-old was arrested at Heathrow Airport as she arrived on a flight from Sierra Leone.

A 13-year-old Sierra-Leonian girl travelling with the woman was taken into the care of social services.

The woman, a British national born in Sierra Leone, remains in custody in a west London police station.

The arrest was made following a week-long initiative at Heathrow Airport aimed at preventing and detecting FGM.