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Police commissioner faces calls to resign after telling women to be more ‘streetwise’

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Police commissioner faces calls to resign after telling women to be ‘streetwise’ about arrest powers following Sarah Everard murder

  • Philip Allott, who represents North Yorkshire, was labeled ‘horribly offensive’
  • He said women should ‘learn a little’ about their rights during a police stop
  • Sarah Everard was falsely arrested by Wayne Couzens before he killed her










A police commissioner faced calls to resign last night for suggesting that women should be more “streetwise” about their arrest powers in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder.

The comments by Philip Allott, who represents North Yorkshire, were labeled “horribly offensive” by critics.

Wayne Couzens used his position as a Metropolitan Police officer to falsely arrest Miss Everard (33) for violating lockdown rules before raping and murdering her.

Police Commissioner Philip Allott faced calls to resign as he suggested women should be more ‘streetwise’ about arrest powers in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder

Allott, a Tory, said in an interview with BBC Radio York yesterday: ‘First of all, women need to know when they can be arrested and when not. They [Sarah] should never have been arrested and subjected to it.

“Maybe women need to think about the legal process, to learn something about that legal process.”

Lucy Arnold, of the group Reclaim the Streets, which organized a vigil outside York Minster after Miss Everard’s death, said, “That was a terribly insulting thing to say.”

Wayne Couzens used his position as a Metropolitan Police officer to falsely arrest Miss Everard (33) for violating lockdown rules before raping and murdering her.

Wayne Couzens used his position as a Metropolitan Police officer to falsely arrest Miss Everard (33) for violating lockdown rules before raping and murdering her.

Labor MP Barbara Keeley described the comments as “appalling” and tweeted: “A murder victim like Sarah Everard is not responsible for what happened when she was arrested by an on-duty Met officer.”

Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch, said Mr Allott must resign “for our safety”.

He later apologized, saying, “I would like to sincerely apologize for my comments, which I realize have been insensitive, and I want to retract them completely.”

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