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Lewis Hughes admits assault on Professor Chris Whitty in St James’s Park
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Lewis Hughes admits assault on Professor Chris Whitty in St James’s Park

An estate agent has admitted assaulting England's Chief Medical Officer in a video which went viral online. Lewis Hughes, 24, pleaded guilty to assault at Westminster Magistrates’ Court after England’s Professor Chris Whitty was accosted in St James’s Park in central London on June 27. He was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay £100 in compensation. Earlier in June, he was confronted in a street in Oxford by a man accusing him of lying to the public about coronavirus, while in February a man accosted him in Westminster. Kalsoom Shah, from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said Hughes showed little regard for Prof Whitty or social distancing rules when he accosted the Government's Chief Medical Officer in the street. His behaviour was both...