New Border Force child protection squads will team up with police officers across the country to target specific flights this summer in a bid to prevent vulnerable girls being taken out of the country for female genital mutilation (FGM).

The beefed-up teams at major airports and border crossings in the UK are on alert for the start of the summer holidays, when experts say girls are at the highest risk of being taken out of the country.

Specially trained Border Force agents will be working with police forces, which will receive new advice telling officers to put aside cultural sensitivities and fears of being branded racist in order to pursue investigations into FGM.

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