Police have arrested a second man on suspicion of harassing BBC journalist Nick Watt after images aired online last week showing the political editor being confronted and pursued by a group of protesters.
Metropolitan Police said a 62-year-old man was being held at a south London police station on suspicion of an offense under section 4a of the Public Order Act, which covers the use threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior towards another person. with the intention of causing them harassment, alarm or distress.
Images shared online showed protesters yelling at Watt, who wore his BBC cordon, as he walked down the street. The former Guardian’s chief political correspondent then turned around and walked through a group of people, some of whom were shouting ‘traitor’ and other slurs at him, before passing a line of police officers near Downing Street.
Crowds had gathered to protest the government’s four-week extension of coronavirus restrictions in England.
Martin Hockridge, 57, has been arrested and charged in connection with last week’s incident. He is due to appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, June 29.