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Sadiq Khan was today urged to lead a new campaign against female genital mutilation as a report called for London to be turned into a "zero cutting city" to protect girls from barbaric violence.

The London Assembly said that "positive progress" was being made in the battle to eliminate FGM, with police, health staff and teachers all working to tackle the problem.

But it warned that "new cases of FGM in London are still being discovered" and called for the Mayor to begin a publicity drive to spell out the dangers of mutilation.

In its report, the Assembly also urged Mr Khan to ensure better training for those likely to encounter girls and women with FGM, and to ensure that police have enough funding to pursue perpetrators.


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