West Midlands Police has been criticised for suggesting parents involved in committing female genital mutilation (FGM) on their children should not always be prosecuted.

The force said in a tweet that education and safeguarding vulnerable girls was its priority in FGM cases, adding that prosecuting or jailing parents was unlikely to benefit youngsters.

The comments have sparked a furious response from UKIP, with Suzanne Evans criticising the force and Bill Etheridge calling for an overhaul of WMP's policy on the issue.

The tweet originally appeared on WMP's official Twitter account in response to a comment about BBC1 drama Call The Midwife, which featured a portrayal of a victim of FGM.

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