An eight-year-old girl has been taken into protective custody after a man and a woman were arrested at Heathrow in connection with alleged female genital mutilation offences overseas.

Police said the 49-year-old woman was held after her flight from Nairobi, Kenya, landed at the west London airport shortly before 5am on Wednesday.

The man, 45, was also detained at Heathrow but was not on the flight, the Metropolitan Police said.

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