A second man has been arrested following an incident in central London last week in which a BBC journalist was abused, chased and ambushed by protesters near Downing Street.
Metropolitan Police confirmed a 62-year-old man was arrested on Monday on suspicion of an offence contrary to the Public Order Act.
The arrest comes after demonstrators who had gathered in Westminster to protest against the Government’s extension of coronavirus restrictions in England by four weeks, confronted Newsnight political editor Nicholas Watt near Richmond Terrace. The journalist who was wearing a BBC lanyard, was forced to run through the mob beyond a line of police officers as people harangued him on 21st June.
The treatment of Mr Watt was widely condemned by figures including the Prime Minister and Home Secretary as “disgraceful” and “appalling”.
Mr Johnson tweeted:
“Disgraceful to see the hounding of Nick Watt doing his job. The media must be able to report the facts without fear or favour – they are the lifeblood of our democracy.”
The second man arrested remains in police custody.