Man charged with assault after Chris Whitty was accosted

A man has been charged with common assault after England’s chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, was accosted in a central London park.

Lewis Hughes, 23, of Romford, east London, was charged on Thursday evening and would appear at Westminster magistrates court on Friday 30 July, the Metropolitan police said.

An investigation was launched after a group of men accosted Whitty in St James’s Park at around 7.20pm on Sunday. Footage of the incident, lasting around 20 seconds, was shared on social media.

The Met said officers had reviewed the footage and the matter was referred to the public order crime team.

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