South Yorks Police Commissioner asked to step down

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright
South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright
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Calls have been made for South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright to step down while an inquiry is under way into child sexual exploitation.

The inquiry was announced after Rotherham Council leader Roger Stone ‘apologised unreservedly’ to young people let down by council services which ‘simply weren’t good enough’ at identifying grooming victims and taking action in the town.

Leaked paperwork revealed the council and police were aware of child sex abuse for years but failed to tackle the issue, with sensitivities around the race of the culprits an issue.

Commissioner Wright, who was Rotherham Council’s cabinet member responsible for children’s services during the period under investigation, has ordered three other reviews – looking at structures in place to investigate allegations, investigating allegations of historic child abuse in South Yorkshire and reviewing historic cases in which the Crown Prosecution Service was involved in considering whether to bring charges.

But retired police officer Nigel Bonson, who stood for election to become the county’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, has called for Commissioner Wright to stand down until the Rotherham Council inquiry is completed.

Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz said Mr Wright had been contacted to answer questions about the revelations.

Mr Wright has declined to comment.