A father has been stopped from taking his young daughter out of the UK over her mother's fears she may be subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) in Guinea, West Africa.

A High Court judge in London imposed an FGM protection order on the unnamed six-year-old girl after concluding her father may come under pressure to have the child "mutilated".

Ms Justice Russell was told FGM was "widespread" in Guinea and she said the order would stay in force until the girl turned 17.

She said she had barred the man from taking the youngster out of the UK because there were no direct flights to Guinea and all travel there took place via a third country.

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