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Man and woman charged with FGM of three-year-old girl

Two people have appeared at Thames Magistrates' Court charged with the female genital mutilation (FGM) of a three-year-old girl.

The man and woman face five charges, including FGM and failing to protect a girl from risk of genital mutilation.

The man, from Ghana, is also accused of possessing indecent videos of a child, while the woman, a Uganda national, is accused of distributing an indecent video of children.

They were remanded in custody and are due to appear at the Old Bailey on 31 August.

It is thought to be the third prosecution brought under FGM legislation. In February, a man from Bristol charged with an FGM-related child cruelty offence was acquitted following a ruling by the trial judge. In March, a solicitor was cleared of arranging female genital mutilation on his daughter when she was nine.

For a BBC News report, click here.