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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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Minister demands answers after 'appalling' report

The Children's Minister has written to Rotherham Council to demand answers in the wake of a damning report into the sexual exploitation of children in care.

Edward Timpson has given council bosses two weeks - until September 12 - to respond with details of the action being taken to address the issues highlighted in the report.

Children's Minister Edward Timpson has given Rotherham Council two weeks to respond Credit: PA

In his letter, he said:

I have read, with horror, the appalling findings of the report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

Like many others, I found the scale of the failure to safeguard children, over such a long period, genuinely shocking.

My interest is in ensuring, quickly, that the current arrangements for safeguarding children in Rotherham, in particular in respect of child sexual exploitation, are robust and enable children there to grow up as safely as possible.

– Edward Timpson, Children's Minister

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