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A man has been charged with common assault after England’s chief medical officer was accosted in a central London park.

Lewis Hughes, 23, was charged last night after the incident involving Professor Chris Whitty in St James' Park on the evening of Sunday, June 27.

He was charged by postal requisition and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday July 30.

A statement by 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.

Calls were mounted for Prof Whitty to be given better protection

"Officers subsequently reviewed video footage which emerged after the incident and the matter was referred to the Public Order Crime Team.

"Enquiries continue."

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