A man has apologised after footage emerged showing England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, being accosted in a park. The video shows two men laughing and jeering as they grab hold of Professor Whitty who struggles to free himself.
The Met Police are investigating the incident which took place in St James’s Park in London on Sunday.
Lewis Hughes a 24-year-old estate agent from Romford, told reporters he’d lost his job following the incident and said that he was sorry for any upset caused. He said:
“If I made Professor Whitty feel uncomfortable, which it does look like I did, then I am sorry to him for that.”
His friend 24-year-old Jonathan Chew who has ADHD and autism said: “We just wanted a selfie. Sometimes things seem a good idea and really they’re not.”
The pair had been on an anti-vax march in London when they spotted the CMO walking through the park. Police said when officers spoke to Professor Whitty, he had not suffered any injuries and told them at the time that he did not wish to press charges. They added that the incident had been recorded as a common assault and continued to be investigated.
It’s not the first time Chris Whitty has been filmed being confronted by the public. Earlier this month, a man in Oxford accused him of lying to the public about coronavirus, while in February a man accosted him outside Westminster. And last weekend a group of people gathered outside Professor Whitty’s London flat chanting and shouting abuse at the Chief Medical Officer.