A report into 16 years of child sexual abuse in Rotherham has concluded that the true scale of exploitation in the town will never be known.
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– Maggie Atkinson, Children's Commissioner for England
We are shocked but sadly, not surprised, by the scale of child sexual exploitation identified by the independent Inquiry into the handling of child sexual exploitation cases by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council published today. We very much hope that the victims who managed to survive their abuse now receive the support that was denied them during the period in question. The pattern of abuse in Rotherham, where the majority of perpetrators are described as ‘Asian' men, is one of the patterns we uncovered during our Inquiry. We also found that focusing on a single pattern of abuse can lead to professionals failing to identify victims and perpetrators of other ethnicities. It is imperative that professionals identify victims by looking for the warning signs linked to child sexual exploitation, and that all of those abusing children are proactively investigated, regardless of their ethnicity. We remain concerned that council staff were unable to raise concerns about the perpetrators in Rotherham.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said that Shaun Wright, the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, "should clearly do the decent thing and stand aside" over the Rotherham child abuse scandal.
Rotherham's former director of children's services said she wished staff "could have done more" to help the children who were abused in the town.
In a statement, Dr Sonia Sharp, who worked for the borough council from 2005 to 2008, said staff "knew that there were many children in the community at risk and feared that this was the tip of an iceberg."
Dr Sharp, who now works for the Australian state of Victoria's department of education and early childhood development said: "You can't be a director of children's services and not take responsibility for what happens to children.
She added: "I am sorry that these children and young people suffered terrible abuse and I wish we could have done more to prevent the abuse of children and young people in Rotherham."
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Bradford's reward for overcoming Leeds is a trip to Stadium MK to face the Dons who beat Manchester United 4-0 in the shock result of round two.
Stuart Gray's Sheffield Wednesday team have been drawn against modern-day galacticos, Manchester City while the Blades head to Leyton Orient who beat Aston Villa 1-0.
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So Wright refuses to resign as police and crime commissioner. Tomorrow he receives my referral of him for criminal investigation .
Letter going early morning asking Home Secretary to refer my complaint of misconduct in public office (re Rotherham) to another police force
The chairman of South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Panel said he believed Commissioner Shaun Wright's position had become "untenable" and called on him to stand down over the Rotherham child abuse scandal.
Labour councillor Harry Harpham told BBC Radio 4's Today programme:
– Harry Harpham
He should resign at the earliest opportunity.
He can only be removed from office by resigning or unless he commits a criminal offence.
We are not able to remove him, however, I will seek an urgent meeting with Shaun to let him know my position.
New fears around childhood obesity have been raised as school uniform shops reveal they are now having to tailor-make clothes to fit larger children.
Figures from Public Health England show almost a quarter of pupils starting primary school in Leeds, Barnsley and Wakefield are now overweight or obese.
Over a third will be overweight by the time they leave primary school.
Brad Robertson from Rawcliffes Schoolwear says they are often asked for larger sizes:
The lawyer for 15 of the victims of sexual exploitation in Rotherham has said his clients are "not terribly concerned with who resigns" over the scandal.
David Greenwood told Good Morning Britain victims wanted to make sure "systems are put in place and enough funding is put in place" to support other victims and prevent a repeat of the widespread abuse.