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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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Ex-police chief 'knew nothing' of Rotherham abuse

A former police chief has said he was completely unaware of the systematic sexual exploitation of children taking place in Rotherham during his time in charge of the force.

Mike Hedges, who was the chief constable of South Yorkshire police from 1998 to 2004, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that the issue was never brought to his attention.

When I first saw this on the news, that was the first inkling that I had that there had been systematic abuse of this nature taking part in Rotherham.

Certainly I have no recollection of this coming to the notice of my senior command team during my time in the force.

– Mike Hedges, former constable, South Yorkshire Police

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