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Man pleads guilty to assaulting Prof Chris Whitty

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A man has pleaded guilty to assaulting England’s chief medical officer.

Lewis Hughes, 24, of Romford, Essex, accosted Professor Chris Whitty in St James’s Park in London on 27 June.

He pleaded guilty to assault at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Meanwhile, a second man Jonathan Chew, 24, who was also charged for common assault and obstructing police, has denied charges relating to the incident.

A previous statement from the Metropolitan Police said: “At approximately 19:20hrs 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.”