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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Labour MPs have responded welcoming the news of South Yorkshire PCC Shaun Wright's resignation.
Among those responding on Twitter was Rotherham MP Sarah Champion, who led calls for Wright's resignation over the abuse scandal in the town.
Shaun Wright had resigned!!!
The chairman of South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Panel says PCC Shaun Wright's decision to stand down was the right one.
Speaking to ITV Calendar he said the task now was to focus on those affected by abuse in the town.
Obviously this is the right decision for Shaun to resign in the circumstances. Clearly he had lost the confidence of the people who elected him. I wish he had reached the decision earlier. The task now is to rebuild the shattered lives of those people affected (in the child abuse scandal) and build up trust in the office of Commissioner, and in South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Council
The Chief Executive of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire has announced that Shaun Wright has stepped down today as South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
In a statement, Shaun Wright said:
My role as South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner has clearly become prominent in terms of public opinion and media coverage following the publication of Professor Alexis Jay’s report. This is detracting from the important issue, which should be everybody’s focus - the 1400 victims outlined in the report - and in providing support to victims and bringing to justice the criminals responsible for the atrocious crimes committed against them.
With this in mind, I feel that it is now right, to step down from the position of Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, for the sake of those victims, for the sake of the public of South Yorkshire and to ensure that the important issues outlined in the report about tackling child sexual exploitation can be discussed and considered in full and without distraction.
As I’ve previously stated, I entered into public service to make a positive difference in South Yorkshire. Protecting vulnerable people and particularly victims of child sexual exploitation has been my number one priority as Commissioner and much progress has been made over the last two years.
My intention had always been to continue my work with South Yorkshire Police and partners in making all the necessary changes and improvements required to safeguard and support the victims of these horrific crimes, and indeed to protect further potential victims through preventative actions.
On resigning, I therefore truly wish the force, all the very best in continuing the journey of positive transformational change of those essential services which protect and support our most vulnerable people.
South Yorkshire PCC Shaun Wright has resigned after weeks of pressure following a report into child abuse in Rotherham.
South Yorkshire Police revealed today that the cost of policing protest rallies in the town is expected to rise above a million pounds. Seven people were arrested as 1,000 members of the EDL marched in response to the town's child abuse scandal. Rotherham MP Sarah Champion says policing such events should be nationally funded.
The cost of policing protest rallies in Rotherham at the weekend was in excess of £1m, South Yorkshire Police have revealed.
Seven people were charged after a thousand members of the English Defence League demonstrated in response to the town's child abuse scandal. A counter demonstration also took place. Around 15 hundred officers were needed to police the march.
A dog had to have an emergency operation after swallowing his owners underwear.
Brian, a four-year-old Samoyed, who lives in Rotherham, managed to eat his owner's and her daughter's knickers after stealing them out of an overnight bag.
His owner Kaye Banks, rushed him to the vets in Barnsley where he had to have emergency surgery.
Four days later Brian returned home and was up to his old tricks again.
"We just couldn't believe that after an operation and four days at the vets he comes home and does it again. From now on all underwear is put straight into the washing machine. He's a lovely dog but he's into everything." said Brian's owner, Kaye Banks.
Tony Duffy of Abbey Vets said: "It never fails to amaze me what dogs will swallow, but swallowing three thongs in such a short space of time must beat them all."