Britain's first youth police and crime commissioner, who stepped down from the role over offensive comments she made on Twitter, is "pleased" police are taking no further action against her, her lawyer said today.
A statement from law firm Olswang today said: "We, her solicitors, are unsurprised by the decision that no further action is warranted. We would regard this as inevitable, given that it was obvious that no criminal offence was committed.
"Paris and her family are pleased this matter has been brought to a close. She has had a difficult time recently, in part due to the media and inappropriate police scrutiny.
– Kent police
We have spoken to the CPS about our findings, and given them our view that this case does not pass the evidential threshold for prosecution; we will make no recommendations to them for charges and will take no further police action having discharged our duty to investigate.
No further action is to be taken against Paris Brown, formerly Britain's first youth police and crime commissioner, over comments she made on Twitter, Kent Police said.
Ann Barnes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent: "I take responsibility for everything that happens on my watch, good or bad.
"It is personally sad for Paris and her family. An enthusiastic young woman with exceptional skills and a proven track record in working with young people has ended up in a position where she has turned down the job of a lifetime for her.
"There have been calls for me to resign I am not a quitter by nature. Some have said that this has damaged by reputation To them I say this: reputations are made as much by your actions when things are tough.
"We worked with the best of intentions but sadly on this occasion it hasn't worked out".
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.
– Paris Brown
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.
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."
Britain's first youth police and crime commissioner Paris Brown, 17, is stepping down from the role following the publication of messages she wrote on Twitter, she said today.
Martin Brunt has reported that police have met ahead of a press conference to discuss the future of Youth Crime Commissioner Paris Brown.
The Sky News Crime Correspondent has said that Pairs may 'or may not' attend the press conference:
#police Commissioner's office won't say if Paris Brown will attend press conference. "She might, she might not," said a spokeswoman.
#police Meeting today of Police and Crime Panel ahead of 3pm press conference could not discuss Paris Brown "for legal reasons."
#police As well as police investigation, Paris's "offensive" tweets also being reviewed by her employer Swale Borough Council.
Reporters have been invited to a press conference to discuss Kent Youth Police and Crime Commissioner Paris Brown's future, it's been announced.
Ann Barnes, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, will be giving a statement on the Youth Commissioner post.
The announcement follows calls for 17-year-old Miss Brown, Britain's first Youth Police and Crime Commissioner, to step down just a week after taking the post.
She has apologised for what she describes as her "use of inappropriate language" following complaints after Tweets she posted between the ages of 14 and 16.
The press conference will take place at 3pm.