Exclusive: Under-fire Rotherham crime chief gets death threats

Shaun Wright. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
Shaun Wright. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
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SOUTH Yorkshire Police and Crime commissioner Shaun Wright has received death threats in the wake of the damning report into child abuse in Rotherham and his refusal to resign, The Yorkshire Post understands.

South Yorkshire Police confirmed last night it had reviewed the safety of several people since the report’s publication to ensure “proportionate safety measures” are in place but refused to confirm whether protection has been stepped up around Mr Wright.

In a statement, the crime commissioner’s office said: “We welcome feedback from all citizens and we strongly advocate the right of the public to participate in democracy through legitimate means, such as peaceful public protest. There is however a line in law that cannot not be crossed.

“Where threats are made to any individual, the individual has a right to protection and the level of protection provided in such cases is a matter for operational policing.”

Mr Wright, who was the councillor responsible for children’s services in Rotherham between 2005 and 2010, has come under severe pressure to resign following last month’s scathing report about the failure to protect children in the town from abuse.

A South Yorkshire Police statement said: “The publication of the independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham has led to a number of people wishing to express views against those featured in the report.

“South Yorkshire Police has carried out risk assessments for a number of people and locations and our aim is to ensure proportionate safety measures are in place. This is regularly reviewed.

“We will respond to any specific incidents appropriately, balanced against the right to peaceful protest and in line with legislation.”

It has been confirmed that extra police will be on duty at this weekend’s Rotherham Show.