“Someone actually resigned. I’m shaken.”
A senior police boss has resigned weeks after urging women to be “according to the road” – making him the first senior man to publicly step down in relation to the Sarah Everard case.
North Yorkshire Police Commissioner Philip Allott told BBC Yorkshire on 1 October: “So women, first of all, need to walk down the street knowing when they can be arrested and when they can’t.”
He said that Sarah Everard, who was placed under false arrest, rape and murder by a then police officer, “should never have been arrested and presented to her”.
He resigned on Thursday following a no-confidence motion from the police and the crime panel under his leadership.
His statement read: “I apologize unconditionally for my remarks. They do not reflect my views. I was misinformed and I am devastated by the effect this has on crime victims and the groups that support them.
Allott said it was clear that the task of gaining the “trust” of the public was going to be “extraordinarily difficult, if at all possible”, so he decided to take the “honorable job” and serve as the Commissioner of Police, Fire and Crime. as resigned.
He hoped that this would restore confidence in his office, and that “the voices of the victims could be heard clearly, without being distracted by the ongoing commotion around me”.
Although Elott is the first to resign in Everard’s case.
Other prominent public figures within the police – including Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick – faced calls to resign from Everard’s case, but they resisted.
Wayne Kuzens, the serving police officer who killed Everard, was fired after pleading guilty in July. He was arrested in March, six days after Everard went missing.
Twitter had a few things to say about Allott’s resignation, especially in light of the ongoing conversation about women’s safety.