Specialist officers from Essex Police engaged with passengers at Stansted Airport to highlight the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM).

The officers from the Crime and Public Protection Command and Operational Policing Command visited the airport on Friday, July 21 as part of Operation Limelight.

As part of the operation, police officers talk to members of the public awaiting outbound flights to parts of the world where the practice of FGM is known to occur.

They discuss the issues surrounding the causes and impact of this crime, with the hope of raising awareness and helping prevent future acts of FGM from taking place.

Advice and support are also on hand for any victims who want to make a disclosure.


Detective Inspector Fred Tomkins, of the Public Protection Investigations Hub, said: "Members of the public responded positively as we discussed the steps being taken to prevent future victims as well as support the survivors of this terrible offence.

"Officers highlighted the support and intervention available to any person who is or could be at risk.

"I would urge anyone who knows of someone at risk of FGM please call police on 101.

"Alternatively you can report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."