Pressure grows on youth tsar to resign

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There were growing calls yesterday for Britain’s first youth police and crime commissioner to resign over inappropriate language and views she posted on her Twitter account.

Paris Brown, 17, wrote violent, racist and anti-gay comments on her feed before she became the first youth PCC for Kent on £15,000 a year to represent the views of young people on policing.

She has made a tearful apology for the offensive tweets, which included references to taking drugs, that were posted by her from the ages of 14 to 16, but have now been deleted.

Miss Brown, from Sheerness, was appointed last week by Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes, who continued yesterday to defend the youngster, saying the appointment last week was not a gimmick.

“I am going to stand by he,r and I am going to try and help work through this,” she said.

But South Thanet Conservative MP Laura Sandys said on Twitter: “Paris Brown should step down as youth crime tsar for Kent… Gimmicks always backfire.”

Fellow Kent Tory MP Damian Collins said: “I do not think the role should have been created in the first place.

“I feel sorry for Paris Brown to be put in this position where there is such a high level of scrutiny about what she has said.

“She is going to be under constant pressure to explain what she meant and it’s best that this young person should rebuild her life away from intense media scrutiny.”

Mr Collins added the £15,000 salary could have been better used when resources were tight and if Mrs Barnes wanted to hear what young people had to say about policing in Kent there were organisations she could have gone to, or she could have asked young people herself.

Labour’s home affairs select committee chairman Keith Vaz also called for Miss Brown to resign on Sunday.