A man has been charged after a BBC journalist was chased by anti-lockdown protesters in Westminster.
video footage shown newsnightThe political editor of Nicholas “Nick” Watt is being chased by protesters outside Downing Street on Monday afternoon.
The Metropolitan Police said an investigation was launched after officers who reviewed the recordings “identified several possible crimes”.
Martin Hockridge, 57, of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, was carefully interviewed at Hertfordshire Police Station on Tuesday.
He was later charged with an offense of public order and would appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 29 June.
Detectives are appealing for help from the public to identify others involved in the incident.
Police said in a statement: “Officers investigating an incident that confronted a journalist and chased them around Whitehall have charged one person.
A video that has been shared widely on social media shows a group of protesters chasing a journalist first on Whitehall, then on Richmond Terrace, on the afternoon of Monday, June 14.
“After reviewing the video footage, officials identified several possible crimes and an investigation was launched.
“On Tuesday afternoon, Martin Hockridge, 57, of Harpenden was carefully interviewed at Hertfordshire Police Station.
“Later in the same evening, he was charged with an offense under section 4A of the Public Order Act, namely, using threatening, derogatory or derogatory words or behavior with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress towards any other person “
Anyone with information can call 101 or tweet @MetCC.
To provide information anonymously, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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