A second man has been charged in connection with an incident in St James’s Park, London over a week ago when a group of men including an estate agent filmed themselves accosting Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty.
24-year-old Jonathan Chew (pictured, above with Whitty) of no fixed address has now been charged with common assault and obstructing police.
He will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 6 July.
Chew is a friend of estate agent Lewis Hughes from Romford who last week was also charged Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 30 July.
A statement from the Metropolitan Police says: “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.
“Officers subsequently reviewed video footage which emerged after the incident and the matter was referred to the Public Order Crime Team. Enquiries continue.”
Hughes was fired by his employer a few hours after the original story of their rowdy interaction with Whitty was uploaded onto the internet, but he has subsequently said the group of men, who had been drinking beforehand, had not intended to show malice towards the UK medical chief.