Head of the Met Police's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command said female genital mutilation (FGM) "will not be tolerated in the United Kingdom".
Detective Chief Superintendent Keith Niven said:
FGM is an abhorrent offence which includes violent assaults upon children.
It's really important to educate people who engage in this practice so they are aware that this is not a legitimate way to bring children up.
This is child abuse ... and people will be prosecuted if we find evidence of this.
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