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Shaun Wright steps down as PCC after Rotherham report pressure

Shaun Wright has stepped down as South Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner after weeks of pressure over the Rotherham sexual abuse scandal, his office has announced.

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Wright: I stood down in 2010 and learnt from mistakes

South Yorkshire Police Commissioner Shaun Wright rejected calls for his resignation today, reasoning that he already resigned from his role as head of Rotherham's children's services in 2010 following a critical Ofsted report.

Shaun Wright says he would have taken action if he had been aware of the problem in Rotherham. Credit: ITV News Calendar

I stood down in 2010 from that particular role and took my responsibility at that time. There has been a period of time between that and then I subsequently became the South Yorkshire Police Commissioner.

With the benefit of hindsight and all the lessons that have been learnt ... there has been a huge amount of learning and I've taken all this and made sure that it's been fully implemented in South Yorkshire Police and it's now making a difference to many young people in South Yorkshire and Rotherham.

...I'm very sorry for any abuse that took place - if I could have prevented it I would.

– Shaun Wright speaking to Sky News

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