The number of tip-offs to police about female genital mutilation has more than doubled in the past year as increased publicity prompts more Londoners to raise concerns.

Sixty-nine reports involving either direct allegations about FGM or other information on the barbaric practice have been received by the Met since the start of April last year.

As there were 26 such referrals during the previous 12 months, that amounts to an increase of 165 per cent with one month remaining before the final annual total for 2013/14 is reached.

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