A COUNTY COUNCILLOR and former member of the North Yorkshire Police Authority has written to crime commissioner Philip Allott calling on him to stand down.

Mr Allott has come under fire after his comments about the murder, rape and abduction of Sarah Everard.

Speaking on BBC Radio York last week the commissioner stated Ms Everard should not have submitted to her arrest by serving Met Police Officer Wayne Couzens and that women needed to be streetwise about when they can be arrested.

Cllr Greg White, member for Pickering and a former Member of North Yorkshire Police Authority, said: “Since Mr Allott’s unfortunate comments and his subsequent failure to convincingly demonstrate that this was not his view, I have been waiting for him to do the right thing.

“I am disappointed that he is apparently in denial.

“He seems unable to comprehend that he has lost the confidence of both those he must work with and the people he was elected to serve.

Cllr White said: “It is no longer possible for Mr Allott to do his job effectively.

“The Police and Fire Services of North Yorkshire are more important than the fate of one man and, frankly, it is time for him to go.”

Mr Allott is due to appear before the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel on Thursday, where his controversial comments are top of the agenda.

Despite since admitting his remarks were both “entirely misconceived and grossly insensitive”, stating he would not be resigning and asking the public to accept his apology, scores of individuals and bodies have requested to question Mr Allott when he appears before the panel.

Mr Allott has said he intended to “extend the process my full cooperation”.

In a letter to the panel he wrote: “I am confident that we share the aim of ensuring that public concerns are heard and addressed, whilst at the same time adhering to the law and due process. I recognise that it is vital for the understandable public outcry to be acknowledged and for complainants to feel it has been addressed. The volume, tone and content of the public’s concern arising from my answer, is plain. It speaks volumes about the dreadful extent of my error and the importance to society of properly addressing of the issue of male violence against women and girls.”

The panel is restricted what it can do , but it could hold a vote of no confidence or advise Mr Allott to consider his position.