Man pleads guilty to assault after Chris Whitty accosted in London park

A 24-year-old man has admitted assaulting England’s chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, in a central London park.

An investigation was launched after Prof Whitty was accosted in St James’s Park at about 7.20pm on Sunday 27 Junie.

Lewis Hughes, from Romford in Essex, pleaded guilty at Westminster magistrates court to a charge of assault by beating. Hughes will be sentenced later on Friday.

A second man, Jonathan Chew, 24, from Chelmsford, Essex, pleaded not guilty to the same charge. Chew, who wore a navy hoodie for the appearance, also denied wilfully obstructing police constable Steven Ozden on the same day. He was granted bail and was asked to appear at the same court on 23 November for a trial.

The Metropolitan police force launched an investigation after last month’s incident, and officers carried out a welfare check on the chief medical officer, who did not suffer any injuries.

Footage of the incident, lasting about 20 seconds, was shared widely on social media.

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