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

The remarks by Philip Allott, who represents North Yorkshire, were branded ‘horrifically offensive’ by critics.

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

Police commissioner Philip Allott faced calls to resign for suggesting women should be more 'streetwise' about powers of arrest in the wake of Sarah Everard's murder

Police commissioner Philip Allott faced calls to resign for suggesting women should be more 'streetwise' about powers of arrest in the wake of Sarah Everard's murder

Police commissioner Philip Allott faced calls to resign for suggesting women should be more ‘streetwise’ about powers of arrest in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder

Mr Allott, a Tory, said in an interview with BBC Radio York yesterday: ‘Women, first of all, need to be streetwise about when they can be arrested and when they can’t be arrested. She [Sarah] should never have been arrested and submitted to that.

‘Perhaps women need to consider in terms of the legal process, to just learn a bit about that legal process.’

Lucy Arnold, from the group Reclaim the Streets, who organised a vigil outside York Minster after Miss Everard’s death, said: ‘That was a horrifically offensive thing to say.’

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

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

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

Labour MP Barbara Keeley described the comments as ‘appalling’, tweeting: ‘A murder victim like Sarah Everard is not to blame for what happened when she was arrested by a serving Met officer.’

Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch, said Mr Allott should resign ‘for our safety’.

He later issued an apology, saying: ‘I would like to wholeheartedly apologise for my comments, which I realise have been insensitive, and wish to retract them in full.’

Source: dailymail

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