Nearly half of Britons believe that bringing "cutters" and other offenders to justice is the best way to reduce the number of girls in this country who are suffering female genital mutilation, a survey has revealed.

The poll, carried out for the children's charity Plan UK, found that 29 per cent of people believe that improving the help available for girls who are at risk and making it clear that the barbaric practice is wrong would be the most effective way of stopping the abuse.

Another 10 per cent said that telling parents about the damage FGM can cause to girls' health would reduce the number of victims the most. But the largest proportion — 49 per cent — said the key to tackling the problem was ensuring that those responsible were properly punished.

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