Covid UK: Man admits to assaulting professor Chris Whitty

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

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

Lewis Hughes, from Romford in Essex, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault by beating at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

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Hughes will be sentenced later on Friday.

Lewis Hughes, 23, arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, where he is charged with common assault, after the Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty, was accosted in St James's Park, central London, on Sunday June 27 picture: Dominic Lipinski

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 November 23 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 around 20 seconds, was widely shared on social media.

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