Police chief quits over Sarah Everard ‘victim blaming’ storm

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Philippe Allott submitted his resignation in an open letter to the Chief Executive of Selby District Council

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Hilip Allott has resigned north yorkshire police, after coming under fire for comments made by the Commissioner of Fire and Crime Sarah Everard Murder, adding that he wanted to “restore confidence in the office”.


Mr Allott submitted his resignation in an open letter to the Chief Executive of the Selby District Council and the Returning Officer of the Police Area.

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Mr Allott said he apologized “unreservedly” for his remarks, adding that “they do not reflect my views”.

He said: “I said it wrong and I’m devastated by the impact that crime has had on victims and the groups that support them. I’ve tried to say it over and over again but I believe what I said Haven’t always been heard as I intended.”

His original comments were met with a wave of criticism. tory president Oliver Dowden said Prime minister Boris Johnson “severely disagrees” with Mr Allott and his “stupid” comments.

Sarah Everard’s abduction, rape and murder at the hands of a serving Mate police officer shook the entire nation

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“The prime minister and I were outraged by what he said. It was completely unacceptable,” Mr Dowden told Sky News.

In his resignation letter, Mr Allott said he was doing a “respectable job” after a meeting of the North Yorkshire Fire and Crime Panel on Thursday gave him a no-confidence motion to continue in his role.

He said: “It seems clear to me after this morning’s meeting of the police and crime panel that this task will be extraordinarily difficult, if at all possible. It will take a long time and my office and a lot of resources. Many Groups that do an excellent job of helping victims.

“This time is not with the victims. In York and North Yorkshire today there are women and girls who are suffering at the hands of men. Victims and the groups that support them need to be heard. If the airwaves are full of buzz then they won’t be heard.” Can go on about my future.

“That is why I am doing the honorable job and resigning as Commissioner of Police, Fire and Crime – to restore confidence in the office, which I think would be nearly impossible for me, and to give the voices of the victims.” Distraction from the constant commotion that surrounds me to enable me to hear clearly.

“I entered public life because I wanted to make a difference. I still do. Therefore, I commit myself to do whatever I can as a private person to support victim groups. The pledge I made as police, fire and crime commissioner was real. This is one I will keep.”

Metropolitan Police Officer Coozens falsely arrested Ms Everard as she walked home in south London before being raped and murdered on the evening of March 3, 2021.

Once he was handcuffed to the back of his car, Couzens escorted the 33-year-old marketing executive to remote Kent places with him before burning his body and dumping his remains in a forest pond. was raped and murdered.

Couzens pleaded guilty to Ms Everard’s murder, kidnapping and rape in July and was sentenced to life in September.


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