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"We can't have a broken community," say The British Muslim Youth

The British Muslim Youth are to hold a 'peaceful' demonstration outside Rotherham Town Hall today calling for a united community.

An open invite has been issued for residents, community and business leaders to take part in the event following unrest in the town over the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal.

A spokesman for the group said: "We need to take a collective stance on this issue we can't have a broken community we can't let hate into our community."

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Joyce Thacker leaves Rotherham Council by 'mutual agreement'

Joyce Thacker has left her role as director of children's services on Rotherham Council by "mutual agreement" according to a council statement.

Joyce Thacker resigns from Rotherham Council

Ms Thacker had come under fire after the publication of a report into child abuse in the town.

She is the latest official in the area to leave their post following the report.

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright stepped down this week after almost a month of pressure.

Acting Police and Crime Commissioner appointed

For the next 35 days accountant Steve Pick will try to bring some stability to the high-profile role of Police and Crime Commissioner in South Yorkshire.

Mr.Pick was today chosen as a stand in replacement for Shaun Wright who resigned from the position after weeks of controversy over his role in the Rotherham child abuse scandal.

Mr.Pick's interim appointment was made by the Police and Crime Panel whose chairman today said the role of Police Commissioner should be scrapped. David Hirst reports.

Calls for Rotherham's director of children's services to step down from her role

There have been fresh calls for Rotherham's director of children's services to step down after it emerged she is absent on sick leave.

Joyce Thacker has been at the centre of the controversy sparked by the Jay Report, which highlighted how at least 1,400 children were exploited in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

Earlier this month she was grilled by MPs on the Commons Home Affairs committee who called for her to step down from her post.

Rotherham sex offender has jail term doubled

A violent sex offender from Rotherham who groomed two teenage girls was given an "unduly lenient" six-year jail sentence by a crown crown judge, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Lee Pearson Credit: South Yorkshire police

Three appeal judges doubled 28-year-old Lee Pearson's prison term from six to twelve years following an appeal hearing in London.

Lord Justice Fulford, the most senior judge on the appeal panel, said Recorder Anton Lodge had imposed a sentence which was lenient to a "significant degree" following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court in June.

Pearson had been convicted of rape, sexual assault and of having sexual activity with a child, after entering not guilty pleas, appeal judges were told.


Steve Pick to take over as interim South Yorks PCC

A woman who resigned as Shaun Wright's deputy when he was refusing to step down as South Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner has failed in her bid to be his interim successor.

Tracey Cheetham stepped down from her post earlier this month as a protest against Mr Wright's refusal to resign as the PCC in the wake of the Jay Report into widespread child sexual abuse in Rotherham.

She put herself forward to be appointed by South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Panel to act as PCC until a new permanent commissioner is elected next month.

But the panel, which oversees the work of the PCC, gave the temporary job to the South Yorkshire PCC office's chief finance officer, Steve Pick. The panel met in Rotherham 48 hours after Mr Wright resigned in the wake of the controversy unleashed by the Jay Report.

Steve Pick will take over the role the time being.

Breaking: Steve Pick named as interim PCC for South Yorks

By-election for new South Yorks PCC to be held next month

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