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Midwives, neonatal nurses and gynaecologists are among members of Suffolk's frontline medical staff that have received specialist training to recognise the signs of female genital mutilation (FGM).

The move comes ahead of new regulations in September 2014 that will see data relating to injuries or suspected cases of FGM - the illegal procedure that alters or causes injury to the female genital organs for non medical reasons - reported separately.

It is believed that more than 20,000 girls under the age of 15 could be at high risk of FGM in England and Wales each year, with nearly 66,000 women having experienced the illegal procedure.


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