A 42-year-old woman has been arrested for conspiracy to commit Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by officers carrying out an FGM awareness operation with colleagues from the Border Force at Heathrow Airport.

The woman is a British national, born in Zimbabwe, and was arrested at around 12:15hrs, prior to leaving the UK on a flight to Ghana via Amsterdam. She was taken to a west London police station and subsequently transferred to Northamptonshire Police who will investigate the matter.

An eight-year-old girl travelling with the woman was taken into the care of social services.