North Yorkshire’s police chief has stepped down after he came under criticism for his remarks on women’s safety. Sarah EverardThe Killing.
Philip Allott, who oversaw the police and fire services in North Yorkshire, was widely condemned for his comments that Ms Everard should ‘never submit’ to arrest by murderer Wayne Couzens.
Metropolitan Police Officer, Coogens used his position to falsely arrest 33-year-old man for breaking up lockdown Rules for abducting her before committing rape and murder.
In an open letter, Mr Allott made an ‘unreserved’ apology for his remarks and claimed he had ‘wrongly’ on the subject of women’s safety in the wake of the high-profile murder of Ms Everard.
His resignation comes after the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner unanimously voted in favor of a no-confidence motion against him earlier today.
The North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime panel met on Thursday to discuss Mr Allott’s comments, for which he later apologized, forming part of the agenda.
Former North Yorkshire Police Commissioner, Philip Allott, (pictured) has resigned after suggesting women ‘need to walk the street’ regarding arrest 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 arrest him for breaking Covid rules before raping and murdering Miss Everard, 33 Was.
Full statement of resignation of former Police Commissioner Philip Allott
‘Over the past two weeks I have tried to rebuild trust and confidence in my work as Commissioner of Police, Fire and Crime for York and North Yorkshire.
I needed to do this after the comments I made in an interview with Radio York about the horrific kidnapping, rape and murder of Sarah Everard.
‘Let me be clear. I apologize unconditionally for my comment. They do not reflect my views.
‘I spoke wrong and I am devastated by the impact it has had on victims of crime and the groups that support them. I have tried to say it over and over again but I agree that what I have said has not always been heard as I wish.
‘I hoped I could restore faith, restore faith. I am glad that so many victim groups acknowledged that I am truly sorry and willing to work with me to help me in the vast work ahead.
‘It seems clear to me after the meeting of the police and crime panel this morning that this task will be extraordinarily difficult, if at all possible. It will take a long time and a lot of resources for my office and the many groups doing excellent work to support the victims.
‘This time is not with the victims. Women and girls in York and North Yorkshire today suffer at the hands of men. Victims and the groups supporting them should be heard. If the air is filled with discussions about my future, they cannot be heard.
‘So I am doing the honorable job and resigning as Commissioner of Police, Fire and Crime – to restore confidence in the office, which I think will be nearly impossible for me, and to make the voices of the victims clearly Distraction from the constant commotion that surrounds me to enable me to hear.
‘I entered public life because I wanted to do something different. I’m still doing it. Therefore, I am committing myself to do everything possible as a private individual to support victim groups. The pledge I made as Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner was genuine. This is one I will keep.
“I would like to thank my office and especially our Chief Executive Officer for their help and support, especially during the last two weeks which have been a challenging time for everyone in the OPFCC.
‘Anyone who will be the new Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, I wish them every success in one of the most sought-after but rewarding jobs in the UK.
After working for the IT company Schneider, he founded his own PR and B2B marketing agency, Allott & Associates Ltd., in 1993.
Mr Allott began his political career at the age of 25 when he became Harrogate District Councillor.
Over nine years, he chaired several committees including Leisure, Environmental Health, and became the leader of the city council’s conservative group.
He also ran for parliament in Halifax in 2010 and 2015 as a Conservative candidate.
Elections are now due in the coming months to determine Mr Allott’s successor.
Simon Dennis, chief executive of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s Office, said: ‘The North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel will now arrange for the appointment of an Acting Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. With the law, from among the staff of the Police Office, Fire and Crime Commissioner.
Further announcement will be made by the panel in due course.
‘Meanwhile, staff in North Yorkshire and the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire and York will continue to work to protect communities, assist victims, and make residents feel safe and secure.’
Skipton and Ripon MP and former cabinet minister Julian Smith tweeted: ‘Recent comments from NY Police and Crime Commissioner were completely unacceptable.
‘Before Thursday’s police and crime panel meeting to discuss the future of the PCC, I believe the PCC has lost the confidence of women and victim groups and should go – I reported this to the PCC and the panel chair Is.’
Mr Allott made the remarks during an interview on BBC Radio York and was labeled ‘horrifyingly offensive’ by critics.
During the interview, host Georgie Spanwick asked: ‘My step-daughters, me, my friends, how do we protect ourselves now?’
Mr Allott said: ‘A police officer cannot arrest you. there must be a reason.
‘So, for example, what I would classify as a brief offense is not an indictment i.e. sent to prison or potentially going to Crown Court.
“So women need to be the first to walk on the road to know when they can be arrested and when they cannot be arrested.
‘He should never have been arrested and should not have been produced.
‘Perhaps women need to think in terms of the legal process, just to know something about that legal process.’
His comments were challenged by host Spanvik, who said: ‘Why is this Philip to me? Why is it for women because in reality, it is for a man in the police force and there are serious doubts about the conduct of this man?’
He later also issued an apology for his remarks.
On Twitter, he said: ‘I want to apologize wholeheartedly for my comments on BBC Radio York today, which I think are insensitive and I want to take them back completely.’
Tory chairman Oliver Dowden said he and Boris Johnson were ‘Outraged’ by Mr Allott’s comments.
Asked about the comments last week, Mr Dowden told Sky News: ‘I was outraged by what the Prime Minister and I said. It was completely unacceptable.
‘I am very outspoken in condemning it but I know the Prime Minister shares this view.
‘He (Allott) apologized immediately and I think it is appropriate for him to do so.’
Asked if Mr Allott would be able to stand up for re-election for the role, Mr Dowden said, “I am not going to pre-empt the selection process.”
‘The Prime Minister and I deeply disagreed with what he said, it was a stupid thing and he has rightly apologized for it.’
Mr Allott, the Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said Miss Everard “should never have been arrested and should not have been presented”.
Oliver Dowden has reprimanded North Yorkshire PCC Philip Allott over his ‘stupid’ comments, prompting calls for his resignation.
Wayne Couzens used his position as a Metropolitan Police officer to falsely arrest 33-year-old Miss Everard for breaking lockdown rules before raping and murdering her.
Mr Allott received an angry response on social media, with some users asking him to resign.
Janemortsdrizz posted on Twitter: ‘No Philip. You told us that Sarah Everard is guilty of her murder because she did not question her false arrest by a serving police officer. Disgusting. to resign!’
Victoria Wilkie tweeted: ‘I am disappointed by your comments. It is blaming the victim… He is the only person to blame.’
Another user, FedUpandBack, added: ‘Blame the good victim, you should be ashamed.’
Before moving to London, 33-year-old Sarah Everard was originally from York, an area covered by Mr Allott’s army, and her family still lives there.
Lucy Arnold of the campaign group Reclaim the Streets, which organized a vigil for Ms Everard outside York Minster, was outraged by Mr Allott’s comments.
She said: ‘I frankly think it was a terribly offensive thing to say.
‘Does anyone really feel like they can stand in front of a police officer?
‘I am confident that I know my rights, I know the law, but no, I will not feel confident at all.’
Former chief Julian Smith (pictured) said recent comments were ‘totally unacceptable’
In his earlier interview, Mr Allott had criticized the Met Police’s handling of reports about Coozen’s murderous behavior.
He said: A murderer usually commits seven crimes before committing murder, the man we know has committed at least two crimes.
‘The police knew what should have happened that he should have been picked up immediately.’