Girls in the UK are at risk of being forced to undergo female genital mutilation, a High Court judge has warned.

The senior judge told professionals including police, social workers, teachers and medics must be aware of warning signs and know how to help.

Mr Justice Keehan, who is based in the Family Division of the High Court in London, has outlined his thoughts in the foreword to a new book about female genital mutilation (FGM) and the law.

"The practice of female genital mutilation remains widespread across the globe, especially in parts of North Africa, but a substantial number of mutilations are reported to have been undertaken in this jurisdiction," says Mr Justice Keehan.

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