Piers Morgan blasts police boss who said 'women need to be streetwise' after innocent Sarah Everard's horrific murder

Piers Morgan blasts police boss who said 'women need to be streetwise' after innocent Sarah Everard's horrific murder

PIERS Morgan has blasted a police boss who said women "need to be streetwise" after innocent Sarah Everard's horrific murder.

North Yorkshire Commissioner Philip Allott has been blasted by many – including the former GMB host – for his absurd comments about how women need to be more "clued up" to avoid being raped and murdered like the 33-year-old.

His comments, which he has now apologised for, inferred that if Sarah Everard "shouldn't have submitted" to twisted cop Couzens when he presented her with a fake arrest.

The commissioner said that women ought to learn more about the legal process – which has caused many to slam him for "shifting the blame" on to the victims of assault.

But now members of the public, including Piers, are calling for his removal.

Philip Allott said: "So women, first of all, need to be streetwise about when they can be arrested and when they can't be arrested.

"She 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".

Responding to the statement Piers Morgan said: "This idiot needs to be fired. Immediately."

In a tweet later, the PFCC for North Yorkshire said: "I would like to wholeheartedly apologise for my comments on BBC Radio York earlier today, which I realise have been insensitive and wish to retract them in full."

Allott has also been slammed by campaigners – including group Reclaim the Streets.

Lucy Arnold said: "I think frankly that was a horrifically offensive thing to say," she said.

"Does anyone really feel like they can stand up to a police officer?

"I am very confident I know my rights, I know the law, but no I wouldn't feel confident at all."

It comes after it emerged serving cop Couzens used his warrant card and handcuffs to abduct, rape, and kill Sarah, 33.

He stopped her on a street in South London claiming to be an undercover officer arresting her for breaching Covid lockdown laws.

He then drove her handcuffed to Kent where he raped then strangled her with a police belt.

Policing minister Kit Malthouse has now said people have a right to check an officer's credentials "before complying" if they have any "doubts".


Mr Malthouse was asked what women should do if they find themselves in the position of being stopped, especially at night.

Scotland Yard have also released a new strategy aimed to protect women after Met officer Wayne Couzens killed Sarah while pretending to arrest her.

They say any woman stopped by a male officer they don't trust should "run into a house" or "wave down a bus".

The Met is also advising Londoners to "shout out to a passer-by" or call 999 despite women highlighting a deep mistrust of police after Sarah's killing.

But their new guidance has sparked outrage – with many branding it "deeply insulting" and "derisory".

Labour MP Wes Streeting said: "Apparently bus drivers should stop if someone is waving them down in the street away from a bus stop, just in case, because that’s a better answer than the Met getting their act together?! The more ministers and the Met are saying, the less reassuring they are. Utterly woeful".

Activist Patsy Stevenson, who was wrestled to the ground at a vigil for Sarah, said: "Telling us that we should scream and draw attention to ourselves, or call 999 to check, or wave down a bus, is like saying she could have stopped it.

"She couldn’t have. This was not down to her. We should be able to trust that a police officer is not going to murder us."

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