Shaun Wright resigns from Labour but clings to PCC role

The Home Secretary and Labour party have both called for Shaun Wright to step down.

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Embattled Shaun Wright has resigned from the Labour party but refused to step down from his role as South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner after a damning report exposed decades of child abuse in Rotherham.

Wright, who was Rotherham's head of children services between 2005-10, apologised for what had happened but maintained he had no plans to step down.

The heads of child protection, social services and the police have all been heavily criticised after it emerged at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited by gangs of men between 1997 and 2013.

Has Newport become Fort Knox?

A ring of steel has encircled parts of Newport ahead of next week's Nato summit, it has emerged.

The Ring of Steel has popped up around various parts of Newport and Cardiff City Centre.

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The wall is part of the tightened security put in place ahead of the Nato summit on September 4 and 5.

Some locals seem a bit bemused by the heightened security as it disrupts their daily routine.

More than 150 heads of state and ministers will attend the conference, along with 10,000 support staff and 2,000 journalists.

Timeline of Rotherham abuse scandal

Some 1,400 children are believed to have been sexually exploited in Rotherham since the early 1990s.

  • Early to mid-1990s: Workers told the new report they came across examples of child sexual exploitation from this period.
  • 1997: Risky Business, a team of youth workers, is set up over concerns about young people being abused through prostitution.
  • 2005: Councillor Shaun Wright appointed cabinet member for the newly-created department of children and young people's services.
  • 2012: Reports in The Times claim that details from 200 restricted-access documents showed police and child protection agencies in the town had extensive knowledge of these activities for a decade, yet a string of offences went unprosecuted.
  • 2014: Professor Alexis Jay's report finds 1,400 children suffered sexual exploitation in a 16-year period.

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