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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.

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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."


Blunkett rejects calls to stand as PCC

It is understood David Blunkett has no intention of standing for election as PCC as MPs are unable to run for the role unless they resign, which would trigger a by-election seven months before next year's election.

David Blunkett rejects calls to stand for South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Credit: Press Association

I am pleased that Shaun Wright has made the inevitable decision to stand down. He is correct to say that attention should be on redress for those abused, and on lessons to be learnt and measures put in place to deal with the situation that has occurred over the last two decades.

I am personally very sad for Shaun Wright's family who did not deserve to be in the spotlight, which is why it is a great pity for him and for all concerned that he did not step down immediately.

It will now be critically important to elect a police and crime commissioner with a proven record of high quality public service, who can unite across the political divide, the communities of South Yorkshire and reinforce the work of the chief constable in providing a top quality service to the people of our area who deserve the best.

– David Blunkett MP

SYP Chief: Resignation a chance to move forward

The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police says the resignation of the county's PCC is an opportunity for the force to move forward following a damning report into child sexual abuse in Rotherham.

David Crompton, South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable says the PCC's resignation is an opportunity to move forward Credit: Press Association

Shaun Wright resigned today despite weeks of defiance following the publication of the report which identified 1,400 cases of abuse in Rotherham.

Chief Constable David Crompton said the findings have been referred to the IPCC and has reiterated his commitment to holding anyone at fault to account:

Any organisations or individuals found to be at fault will be held to account.

South Yorkshire Police is determined to bring offenders of child sexual exploitation to justice and takes seriously allegations of sexual offences regardless of how long ago they took place. We remain committed to addressing and tackling the sexual exploitation of young people in South Yorkshire and to regaining the public's trust and confidence.

We are increasing the amount of Force resources devoted to tackling this issue. This will be a matter I will wish to discuss with the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner as a priority.

– David Crompton, South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable

SYP Federation: PCC "increasingly difficult" to work with

Neil Bowles, chairman of South Yorkshire Police Federation, said it was becoming "increasingly difficult" to work with Mr Wright in the wake of the report's publication.

PCC Shaun Wright was becoming "increasingly difficult" to work with according to the SYP Federation

It would have been difficult to see how we could work with him considering he had such little credibility in the political world. It will be interesting to see what the turn out for the by-election will be. The PCC is now definitely on the map. People will have heard of the office.

– Neil Bowles, chairman of South Yorkshire Police Federation


John Mann MP calls for Blunkett to replace PCC

Bassetlaw MP John Mann says outgoing Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright has "finally done the decent thing" but admits "for many people it's too little too late."

John Mann MP calls for former Home Secretary to replace PCC Credit: Press Association

He failed the people of Rotherham and to try remain in his post as Police & Crime Commissioner was an insult to the victims and their families. South Yorkshire is facing its biggest challenge for a generation with the Police and various public bodies accused of failing its young people, a strong, widely respected leader is now needed to fully investigate what went wrong and why there was a lack of action.

– John Mann, MP
MP leads call for David Blunkett to replace Shaun Wright Credit: Press Association

I believe that David Blunkett should stand as Police & Crime Commissioner in the by-election that will now be called. He is 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

Man suffers serious head injuries in mobility scooter crash

A mobility scooter user in Barnsley suffered serious head injuries after he was involved in a crash with a car.

Police appeal for witnesses to mobility scooter crash

It happened at around 12.30 on the afternoon of Sunday 14 September.

The scooter and the car, an eight-seater Vauxhall Vivaro, are thought to have been travelling the same direction on Smithies Lane when the crash happened.

The man driving the scooter, a 58-year-old Barnsley man, was taken to hospital with serious injuries. The 51-year-old Barnsley man driving the Vauxhall was not injured.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the crash to contact them.

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