After being subjected to the horrors of female genital mutilation as a child, this mother is today on a mission to help stop Tyneside girls from suffering.

Score of youngsters in Newcastle have been identified as being at potential risk of the barbaric practice, which is commonplace in some parts of world.

But although female genital mutilation (FGM) has been illegal in the UK for 30 years, there has never been a successful prosecution because so few women come forward.

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