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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".

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.

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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."

MPs respond to Shaun Wright resignation

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 resigning 'for sake of Rotherham victims'

Shaun Wright said he is stepping down as South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner "for the sake of the victims" of the Rotherham child exploitation scandal.

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.

– Shaun Wright

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Crime panel refers South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner to IPCC

South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Panel has passed a vote of no confidence in the Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright.

The chairman of the panel, Harry Harpham, said he had also referred two complaints which he had received about Mr Wright to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The panel has been questioning him about a report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham which revealed at least 1400 children in the town were subject to abuse between 1997 and 2013.

Member of public tells embattled PCC 'I would shoot you'

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Shaun Wright has faced angry calls from members of the public for him to resign, including the grandfather of an alleged victim of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham who told him: "If I had a gun I would shoot you."

Shaun Wright. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Mr Wright was confronted by the man as he appeared to answer public questions at South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Panel today. Speaking from the public gallery, the man said his 12-year-old granddaughter was arrested for being drunk and disorderly by police officers who let her four adult abusers go free.

The man said: "You were a disgrace, mate. If I had a gun I would shoot you." Mr Wright responded, saying: "Clearly, if that took place, it's an absolute disgrace."

Rotherham police chief to face new grilling

Police chief Shaun Wright has so far refused to resign despite repeated calls to do so. Credit: PA

Under-fire South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Shaun Wright is expected to face more calls for him to go today as he is grilled by the panel which oversees his work.

Mr Wright has resisted calls for him to resign since the publication of the Jay Report into child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham, which detailed how at least 1,400 children were abused.

The report found they were subjected to horrors including rape, violence and trafficking for sex between 1997 and 2013.

Before his election in 2012 Mr Wright was a councillor in Rotherham for more than a decade and was responsible for children's services from 2005 to 2010.

Calls for him to step down have been led by Prime Minister David Cameron, Home Secretary Theresa May, and Labour leader Ed Miliband.

But he has resisted every challenge and when Labour threatened to throw him out of the party, he resigned his membership.

Pickles: Rotherham Council 'failed on many levels'

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles says he has called in independent inspection of Rotherham Council because of "clearly documented failures" in the handling of reports of child abuse.

One of the most important duties of local authorities is the protection of vulnerable children.

With clearly documented failures by the Council on so many levels, I have decided to take the rare step of a statutory inspection, which I believe is in the public interest.

– Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary
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