Flight attendants and other aircrew are being trained to spot potential  victims of female genital mutilation returning from overseas, as part of a renewed UK Border Force campaign to tackle the barbaric practice.

Airline staff are being told that girls who appear upset, uncomfortable or under oppressive parental control might have suffered FGM abroad — and that they should immediately alert UK Border Force staff.

The aim is to allow checks by specialist immigration teams when the children and their families land in Britain so that any adults responsible for mutilation can be detained, and for help to be given to victims.

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