Man Apologises for Accosting Prof Chris Whitty in Park

Source: BBC News

A man has apologised after footage emerged showing England’s chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, being accosted in a park.

Lewis Hughes, from Romford,¬†told the Sun he was sorry for “any upset I caused”. The video shows two men laughing and jeering as they grab hold of Prof Whitty, who struggles to free himself. The Met Police are investigating the footage, which the force said happened in St James’s Park in London on Sunday.

Mr Hughes, a 24-year-old estate agent, told the newspaper he had lost his job following the incident. “If I made [Prof Whitty] feel uncomfortable, which it does look like I did, then I am sorry to him for that,” he said.

Mr Hughes said the pair had been on an anti-vax march in London when they spotted Prof Whitty.

Police said when officers spoke to Prof Whitty, he had not suffered any injuries and told them at the time that he did not wish to make any allegations. They added that the incident had been recorded as a common assault and continued to be investigated. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and several other MPs condemned the incident.

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