The chief constable of South Yorkshire Police has refused to join the chorus of voices demanding the resignation of police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright.
It comes after a report revealed 1,400 children in care in Rotherhamp had been sexually abused over a 16-year period, part of which fell while Mr Wright was in charge of children's services.
Ch Cons David Crompton said he was "well aware" of the strong opinions expressed by others - which have included the Prime Minister, the Home Secretary and even the deputy Police and Crime Commissioner - but added:
This is not a debate which it is appropriate for the chief constable of the force to enter into. This is a debate for other people. On that basis, we will not be making any formal comment about the position of the police and crime commissioner.
Children as young as 11 were raped by large groups of men, a new inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham has found.
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.