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A man has been sentenced for assaulting England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty in central London.

Lewis Hughes, 24, from Romford, east London, admitted one charge of assault by beating Prof Whitty in St James’s Park on 27 June.

He was given an eight-week custodial sentence, suspended for two years, and a fine of £100.

Jonathan Chew, 24, from Chelmsford, Essex pleaded not guilty to the same charge of assault by beating.

Footage, which was shared on social media, showed two men grabbing Prof Whitty, who struggled to free himself.

Hughes was “unreservedly apologetic” for

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