A man was charged with a public order offense, Scotland Yard said, after online images showed a journalist being confronted and chased by a group of protesters in Whitehall.
Martin Hockridge, 57, was charged with a crime under section 4A of the Public Order Act; that is, using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior towards another person with the intention of causing harassment, alarm or distress.
Hockridge, who is from Harpenden, Hertfordshire, will appear in Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday, June 29. He was interviewed under caution at a Hertfordshire police station and charged Tuesday night.
Crowds had gathered in Westminster on Monday to protest against the government’s four-week extension of coronavirus restrictions in England. Images posted on social media showed protesters shouting insults in the face of BBC journalist Nick Watt as he tried to walk down the street.
The footage showed the political editor of the BBC Newsnight program, wearing a BBC lanyard, being forced to turn and run through a group of people yelling “traitor” and other insults at him, before he passed. of a line of police officers near Downing Street.
Police said they were still working to identify other people involved in the incident and detectives have asked the public for help.