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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 voices concern over police 'failings'

The Crime Prevention Minister has voiced concern after a report accused South Yorkshire Police of "failings" in the way it handled reports of child sexual abuse.

It comes after a report by Prof Alexis Jay said the force had treated victims with "contempt" and did not believe what they were saying.

Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker says he is "concerned" by the findings of the report Credit: PA

Minister Norman Baker described violent attacks like rape as "devastating crimes that ruin lives", and demanded that the force acts on recommendations for improvement immediately.

We expect every report to be taken seriously, every crime to be recorded, every investigation to be conducted thoroughly and professionally, and every victim to be treated with dignity.

We are very concerned that there are now two reports that suggest that there have been failings in the way South Yorkshire Police deals with vulnerable victims.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has set out clear recommendations for improvement - both in relation to crime recording and child sexual exploitation.

We expect the force to act on these immediately to regain the confidence of victims and the wider public.

– Norman Baker, Crime Prevention Minister

Ch Supt Jason Harwin has offered an "unreserved" apology to victims.

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