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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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Babies 'taken away from Rotherham victims'

Babies born to some victims of sexual exploitation in Rotherham were taken away from them and their mothers would never see them again, the town's MP said.

Report finds 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham. Credit: ITV News

A report by Professor Alexis Jay found 1,400 children were sexually abused while in care at the council over a 16-year period.

In a number of the cases we read, children and young people had pregnancies, miscarriages and terminations. Some had children removed under care orders and suffered further trauma when contact with their child was terminated and alternative family placements found. This affected not just the victims themselves, but other siblings who had developed attachments to the baby.

– Professor Alexis Jay's report

Labour's Sarah Champion said it "spoke volumes" about how the authorities did not see these children as victims.

"In my eyes, this is one of the most upsetting parts of the report," she said.

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