Local authorities need to be "proactive and vigilant" in taking measures to prevent girls being subjected to the "great evil" of female genital mutilation, the most senior family court judge in England and Wales has said.

Sir James Munby, president of the family division of the high court, also said courts should not hesitate to use every weapon in their "protective arsenal" if faced with an "actual-or-anticipated" FGM case.

The judge made his comments in a ruling on a family court case in which social workers at Leeds city council claimed that a three-year-old girl from a Muslim family had been subjected to FGM.

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