AN under-fire Crime Commissioner has resigned two weeks after comments he made about women in the wake of the Sarah Everard case sparked a furious backlash.

North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Philip Allott has tendered his resignation in an open letter which will be lodged shortly with the Chief Executive of Selby District Council and Police Area Returning Officer.

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He wrote: "Over the past two weeks I have tried to rebuild trust and confidence in my work as York and North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

"I needed to do that following comments I made on an interview with Radio York regarding the horrific abduction, rape and murder of Sarah Everard.

"I need to be clear. I apologise unreservedly for my remarks.

"They do not reflect my views. I misspoke and I am devastated at the effect that this has had on victims of crime and the groups that support them.

"I have tried to say this again and again but I recognise that what I have said has not always been heard as I intended.

"I had hoped I could rebuild trust, to restore confidence.

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Sarah Everard was killed after being falsely arrested by Wayne Couzens

"I was pleased that so many victims groups had accepted that I was genuinely sorry and were willing to work with me to help me in the mammoth task I had ahead.

"Following this morning’s meeting of the Police and Crime Panel it seems clear to me that the task will be exceptionally difficult, if it is possible at all.

"It would take a long time and a lot of resources of my office and the many groups who do excellent work supporting victims.

"This is time victims do not have.

"There are women and girls in York and North Yorkshire today suffering at the hands of men. Victims and the groups who support them need to be heard.

"They cannot be heard if the airwaves are filled with discussion about my future.

"That is why I am doing the honourable thing and resigning as Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner – to restore confidence in the office which I believe will be almost impossible for me to do, and to enable victims’ voices to be heard clearly without the distraction of the continued furore which surrounds me.

"I entered public life because I wanted to make a difference. I still do.

"So, I am committing myself to doing all I can as a private individual to support victims groups.

"The pledge I made as Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner was genuine. It is one I will keep.

"I would like to thank my office and especially my Chief Executive for his help and support, especially during the last two weeks which has been a challenging time for everyone at the OPFCC.

"Whoever the new Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner will be I wish them every success in what is one of the most demanding but rewarding jobs in the UK.”

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Simon Dennis, Chief Executive of the Office of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, added: “The North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel will now arrange the appointment of an acting Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to be chosen in accordance with the law, from amongst the staff of the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

"Further announcements will be made by the Panel in due course.

“In the meantime, the staff of the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire and York will continue to work to protect communities, support victims and keep residents safe and feeling safe.”

In accordance with the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, a by-election will take place.

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This will be organised by the North Yorkshire Police Area Returning Officer.

Earlier today Mr Allott vowed to continue to rebuild trust in the role when he faced the area's Police, Fire and Crime Panel, the only local body in the area which can hold him to account.

Mr Allott told the panel he had already approved a programme to identify potential offenders early, and highlighted schemes to create 400 new street lights and safe female refuges.

However, the panel was unanimous in its vote of no confidence for Mr Allott.

The backlash against the commissioner came after comments he gave in a BBC interview on October 1 following the sentencing of Wayne Couzens, a police officer who murdered York woman and Durham graduate Sarah Everard after falsely arresting her.

Mr Allott suggested women should be more 'streetwise' on legal processes and said Sarah should not have submitted to the arrest.

In the two weeks since that interview, many major political figures, including the Prime Minister, criticised his views and called for his resignation.

On the same day he made the comments, Mr Allott issued a retraction and an apology but this did little to stem the tide of anger against him.

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