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Man charged with assaulting Professor Chris Whitty after video of park incident

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A man has been charged with assaulting England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty after he was accosted in London on Sunday.

Lewis Hughes, 23, has been charged with common assault, the Metropolitan Police said.

Hughes, from Romford, east London, was charged on Thursday by postal requisition and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday 30 July.

A statement from the Met said: “At approximately 7.20pm on Sunday 27 June officers in St James’s Park became aware of a man being accosted by a group of men.

“They spoke to the victim and checked his welfare. He had not suffered any injuries.

“Officers subsequently reviewed video footage which emerged after the incident and the matter was referred to the Public Order Crime Team. Enquiries continue.”