2 victims of female genital mutilation in Blackburn with Darwen

While concentrated on larger cities across England, the new figures surprisingly show that cases are also found in the country's smaller towns and rural regions.

For areas where few cases were reported, numbers have been obscured to prevent identification.

But figures from NHS Digital show that in Blackburn with Darwen at least two new victims of FGM – where female genitals are cut, injured or changed for no medical reason – were seen by doctors, nurses or midwives over the last year.

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