Tweet row: Paris Brown resigns

Britain's first youth police and crime commissioner Paris Brown, 17, from Kent, is stepping down from the role following the publication of messages she wrote on Twitter, she said today.

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Paris Brown fell into 'trap of bravado' on Twitter

I have made the decision to decline the offer of the position of Kent youth police and crime commissioner.

I have made this decision after a great deal of thought and consultation with my family.

As I made clear over the weekend, I accept that I have made comments on social networking sites which have offended many people. I am really sorry for any offence caused.

I strongly reiterate that I am not racist or homophobic. I have fallen into the trap of behaving with bravado on social networking sites. I hope this may stand as a learning experience for many other young people.

I now feel that in the interests of everyone concerned, in particular the young people of Kent who I feel will benefit enormously from the role of a youth commissioner, that I should stand down as I feel that the recent media furore will continue and hamper my ability to perform the job to the level required.

I would like to thank those people who have sent messages of support and understanding.

I wish the commissioner, Kent Police and the person eventually appointed to this role every success.

Finally, I ask for the time and space to recover from what has been a very difficult time and to allow me to move on.

– Paris Brown

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Youth crime commissioner 'sorry for any offence'

Britain's first youth crime commissioner said she was "truly sorry for any offence" caused.

Paris Brown, 17, from Sheerness, Kent, was appointed to the £15,000-a-year post only last week.

Speaking at a press conference in Maidstone, Kent, Miss Brown said she had "taken the decision to decline the offer of the position" as she felt recent media attention would affect her ability to carry out the job.

She added: "I am truly sorry for any offence I have caused."

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Paris Brown's Twitter apology

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I'm not homophobic,racist or violent I'm against taking of drugs.I’m guilty of showing off &wildly exaggerating &I am very ashamed of myself

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Pls dont blame the Mail on Sunday. It's my stupidity before becoming YPCC.I'm growing up fast &will make this post work 4 Kents young people

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Youth police commissioner's tearful apology for tweets

by Iain McBride

Kent's Police Commissioner Ann Barnes is tonight pledging to stand by the teenager she appointed last week as her youth expert after it was revealed the youngster had used Twitter to send messsages about drinking, drugs and sex.

Seventeen-year-old Paris Brown made a tearful apology for the tweets which were sent nearly two years ago. They have both been speaking to Iain McBride

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Boss defends 'offensive' youth crime tweeter

Paris Brown, left, with Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes last week. Credit: PA

Kent police and local crime commissioner Ann Barnes has defended youth crime commissioner Paris Brown, 17, saying in a statement that she did not condone the nature of the tweets but asked for some perspective due to Miss Brown's age.

"I absolutely do not condone the content and language of Paris's tweets," she said.

"I suspect that many young people go through a phase during which they make silly, often offensive comments and show off on Facebook and Twitter.

"I think that if everyone's future was determined by what they wrote on social networking sites between the ages of 14 and 16 we'd live in a very odd world.

"Thousands of people have already seen and heard this young lady articulate her ideas and been impressed by her maturity and her commitment during challenging interviews on the national and local media before this story broke."

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