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Rotherham mother: 'We need the rest of them out'

The mother of a 17-year-old girl who said she was sexually exploited in Rotherham when she was as young as 12 has welcomed Shaun Wright's resignation but says others still need to take responsibility for their roles in an alleged cover up of abuse in the town.

She said: "I'm glad he's done it and I hope he's the first in a long line. We need to get the rest of them out and then we'll know that children in Rotherham are safe."

"He was quite an easy target, he was first in line," she added. There are a lot more people below him that have covered up and all decided not to say anything. They've all colluded and I think it's disgusting."

The mother, whose daughter said she was abused by men who groomed her using social media and raped her in Rotherham, Sheffield and Doncaster, said Mr Wright should have resigned earlier.

"I think it just shows how arrogant and indifferent he is," she said.


Theresa May 'pleased' after Shaun Wright resignation

Home Secretary Theresa May has said she is "pleased" Shaun Wright has "heeded the calls from his local community for him to resign".

Theresa May said Wright had "failed" in his duty. Credit: PA

It is right that where people failed in their duty they should take responsibility.

The police and local council failed the victims of these awful crimes and failed the people of Rotherham.

– Theresa May

She added it was now for the people of South Yorkshire to elect someone "who can provide local leadership, ensure the lessons of these dreadful cases are applied, and make sure the victims get the justice they deserve."

Police: Wright resignation 'chance to move forward'

South Yorkshire Police has vowed to hold to account those at fault during the Rotherham abuse scandal following the resignation of Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright.

Shaun Wright faced weeks of pressure before resigning. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Chief Constable David Crompton said: "The force acknowledges the PCC's resignation today. This represents an opportunity for the force, and the county, to move forward in light of Professor Jay's report about child sexual exploitation.

"The force has referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and is in detailed discussion with the National Crime Agency to oversee an independent inquiry into allegations of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

"Any organisations or individuals found to be at fault will be held to account," he added.

Crompton said the force was increasing the amount of resources devoted to tackling the issue and said it would take seriously any allegations of sexual offences "regardless of how long ago they took place".

Police release CCTV image of murder 'prime suspect'

Police investigating the murders of British tourists Hannah Wetheridge and David Miller on the Thai island of Koh Tao have released still images from CCTV cameras showing a man they consider a "prime suspect".

The man - who police officers say looked Asian- was considered a prime suspect, but they added they are following a number of leads in the case.

"We are focusing on migrant workers because of the surrounding witnesses and evidence, including the video footage," a senior police officer said.

"We are sweeping hotels, bars, businesses and residences of migrant workers on the beach to find the suspect."


Shaun Wright 'increasingly difficult' to work with

The chairman of South Yorkshire Police Federation says it was becoming "increasingly difficult" to work with Shaun Wright in the wake of a damning report into sexual abuse in Rotherham.

Shaun Wright had previously said resigning would be the

Neil Bowles said: "It would have been difficult to see how we could work with him considering he had such little credibility in the political world."

Wright was responsible for children's services during five of the 15 years in which the abuse of at least 1,400 children is said to have taken place in the town.

Among those who called for Wright's resignation from his current role as South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner were Prime Minister David Cameron, Home Secretary Theresa May and Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Probe launched after Malta boat sinking 'leaves 500 dead'

Italy, Malta and investigators from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have launched a probe after as many as 500 migrants drowned fleeing from Africa and the Middle East.

Coastguards seen rescuing African migrants from a damaged rescue boat off the Libyan shoreline. Credit: Reuters

In what has been described as the worst incident of its kind, traffickers are said to have rammed their ship off Malta's coast last week, an event that only came to light this weekend in testimony from two of nine survivors.

The survivors said the traffickers ordered the migrants to change vessels in the middle of the Mediterranean. The migrants refused, leading to a confrontation that ended when traffickers rammed the ship carrying the migrants, causing it to sink, IOM spokeswoman Christiane Berthiaume told Reuters in Geneva.

David Blunkett backed for South Yorkshire PCC role

A Labour MP has called for former Home Secretary David Blunkett to stand for South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner in the by-election that will follow Shaun Wright's resignation.

David Blunkett stands down as MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough at the general election. Credit: PA

Bassetlaw MP John Mann called Mr Blunkett "a credible and dedicated public servant who has served in a variety of roles locally and nationally".

He knows and understands South Yorkshire and is widely respected throughout the area. I believe he will get to the bottom of what went wrong in South Yorkshire.

– John Mann MP

Mann added that Wright's resignation was "too little too late", adding: "He failed the people of Rotherham and to try and remain in his post as police and crime commissioner was an insult to the victims and their families."

Tory backbencher calls for 'England First Minister'

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An "English First Minister" should be appointed to balance powers awarded to Scotland in the event of country voting to stay in the United Kingdom, a top Conservative backbencher has told The Times (£).

Bernard Jenkin MP said that reforms to restrict votes on English issues to MPs from English constituencies are "urgent."

In a letter to The Times, the Conservative MP for Harwich and North Essex, said that devolving further powers to Scotland would “have consequences for Whitehall”.

He wrote: “We could never have a Scottish UK chancellor setting English taxes in England at the annual budget, but not in his or her own constituency. So parliament will have to consider how to establish an English executive, with an English first minister and finance minister, along with England only departments for matters like health, education and local government, made accountable to English MPs alone.”

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