THE police commissioner at the centre of controversy has today stepped down.

Pressure has been put on Shaun Wright - police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire - to resign following the Rotherham sex abuse scandal.

Before he was elected as PCC, Wright was a councillor in Rotherham for more than a decade and the cabinet member with responsibility for children's services from 2005 to 2010.

Shaun Wright said in a statement today that media coverage around his reluctance to resign was detracting from the important issue - the 1,400 victims outlined in the report.

He added: "With this in mind, I feel that it is now right to step down from the position of Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, for the sake of those victims."