The North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner faced calls to resign today for comments made in the wake of the Sarah Everard murder.
Philip Allott told the BBC that women “need to be streetwise” about police powers and that Ms Everard should “never have submitted to arrest”.
The comments have been criticised by campaigners, including Reclaim the Streets, which held a vigil in York in memory of Ms Everard.
Mr Allott, who lives in Knaresborough, took to social media to defend his comments.
“Nobody is blaming the victim what I am saying is that we need to inform women far better of their rights, something I intend to action here in North Yorkshire ASAP.”
Nobody is blaming the victim what I am saying is that we need to inform women far better of their rights, something I intend to action here in North Yorkshire ASAP.
— Philip Allott (@philAllottPFCC) October 1, 2021
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However, he subsequently faced calls to resign his position following the comments.
Silkie Carlo, director of civil liberties group Big Brother Watch, responded to Mr Allott to say:
“I know my rights! If I was arrested by a police officer with a badge & handcuffs during lockdown, I would have no choice.
“Jess Phillips said the same this morning. It could have been any of us. She stood no chance. How dare you say she “submitted”. Please, for our safety, resign.”
Mr Allott’s comments come as murderer Wayne Couzens, a Met Police officer, had falsely arrested 33-year-old Ms Everard in order to abduct her.
Couzens was given a whole life sentence at the Old Bailey yesterday.