North Yorkshire crime commissioner quits after 'streetwise' comments in wake of ...

North Yorkshire crime commissioner quits after 'streetwise' comments in wake of ...
North Yorkshire crime commissioner quits after 'streetwise' comments in wake of ...

The head of North Yorkshire's policing has quit after coming under fire for his comments on women's safety in the wake of Sarah Everard's murder. 

Philip Allott, who oversaw police and fire services in North Yorkshire, was widely condemned for his comments suggesting Ms Everard 'never should have submitted' to the arrest by killer Wayne Couzens.

Couzens, a Metropolitan Police officer, used his position to falsely arrest the 33-year-old for breaking lockdown rules in order to kidnap her before raping and murdering her.

He was given a whole life sentence last month, meaning he will almost certainly die behind bars.

In an open letter, Mr Allott apologised 'unreservedly' for his remarks and claimed he 'misspoke' on the topic of women's safety in the wake of Ms Everard's high profile murder.  

The North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime panel met on Thursday with discussion of Mr Allott’s comments, for which he subsequently apologised, forming part of the agenda. 

Former police commissioner for North Yorkshire, Philip Allott, (pictured) resigned after suggesting women 'need to be streetwise' about arrests in the wake of the Sarah Everard case

Former police commissioner for North Yorkshire, Philip Allott, (pictured) resigned after suggesting women 'need to be streetwise' about arrests in the wake of the Sarah Everard case

Wayne Couzens was jailed for the rest of his life after using his position as a Metropolitan Police officer to falsely arrest Miss Everard, 33, for breaking Covid rules before raping and murdering her

Wayne Couzens was jailed for the rest of his life after using his position as a Metropolitan Police officer to falsely arrest Miss Everard, 33, for breaking Covid rules before raping and murdering her

Former Police Commissioner Phillip Allott's resignation statement in full

 'Over the past two weeks I have tried to rebuild trust and confidence in my work as York and North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. 

'I needed to do that following comments I made on an interview with Radio York regarding the horrific abduction, rape and murder of Sarah Everard.

'I need to be clear. I apologise unreservedly for my remarks. They do not reflect my views.

'I misspoke and I am devastated at the effect that this has had on victims of crime and the groups that support them. I have tried to say this again and again but I recognise that what I have said has not always been heard as I intended.

'I had hoped I could rebuild trust, to restore confidence. I was pleased that so many victims groups had accepted that I was genuinely sorry and were willing to work with me to help me in the mammoth task I had ahead.

'Following this morning’s meeting of the Police and Crime Panel it seems clear to me that the task will be exceptionally difficult, if it is possible at all. It would take a long time and a lot of resources of my office and the many groups who do excellent work supporting victims.

'This is time victims do not have. There are women and girls in York and North Yorkshire today suffering at the hands of men. Victims and the groups who support them need to be heard. They cannot be heard if the airwaves are filled with discussion about my future.

'That is why I am doing the honourable thing and resigning as Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner – to restore confidence in the office which I believe will be almost impossible for me to do, and to enable victims’ voices to be heard clearly without the distraction of the continued furore which surrounds me.

'I entered public life because I wanted to make a difference. I still do. So, I am committing myself to doing all I can as a private individual to support victims groups. The pledge I made as Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner was genuine. It is one I will keep.

'I would like to thank my office and especially my Chief Executive for his help and support, especially during the last two weeks which has been a challenging time for everyone at the OPFCC.

'Whoever the new Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner will be I wish them every success in what is one of the most demanding but rewarding jobs in the UK.

 

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Elections are now set to take place in the coming months to determine Mr Allott's successor.

Simon Dennis, Chief Executive of the Office of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, added: 'The North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel will now arrange the appointment of an acting Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to be chosen in accordance with

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