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Estate agent who accosted Chris Whitty is charged with common assault

More details have been released about the incident in London's St James's Park during which a group of men including Lewis Hughes harried the Chief Medical Officer.

Nigel Lewis

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The estate agent who accosted Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty last weekend in a London park has been charged with common assault.

23-year-old estate agent Lewis Hughes, of Wigton Way, Romford, will now appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 30 July.

A Metropolitan Police statement released over the weekend said that: “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, along with two other friends had spotted Whitty in the park. The group of men have subsequently revealed that they had been drinking after attending one of the several anti-vaccination gatherings in London that weekend.


In a video they published online, Whitty is seen being manhandled by Hughes and a friend and at one point Whitty appears to be put into a headlock.

During the whole encounter Whitty says nothing. He has now been accosted three times by members of the public while out and about in London and Boris Johnson has now raised the level of protection he receives.

lewis hughes“I have worked every day since I left college, I have never been in any trouble. Now I have to start from the beginning again and I loved my job,” said Hughes (pictured).

He added that the pair had ‘no malicious intent’ towards Whitty, who said nothing during the 18-second video, but appeared upset by their manhandling of him.

Hughes’ profile on the Caplen Estate website, which has now been removed, revealed that he had worked for three years in the industry as an estate agent prior to joining the firm.

Hughes has now suspended his profile on the business website LinkedIn.

On Friday GB News TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher appeared to support Lewis and his friends, saying that after seeing the video she did not consider it to be ‘massively disturbing’.

Read about other assault cases.

July 1, 2021


  1. Wonder how she’d like be grabbed around the neck by two drunk yobs. – thought not.
    Nothing worse than a TV pontificating presenter.

    If there was any standards and decency on our television, Kirsty Gallagher would be sacked.

  2. No excuse – utterly disgusting behaviour. Intimidation such as this is incredibly frightening as the victim feels that he/she could be about to be physically harmed. And the fact that this was a national hero worthy of our immense respect makes it even worse. This sort of yobbish behaviour makes me ashamed to be British.

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