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Met police make second arrest after BBC’s Nick Watt clashed on the street | UK News

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Police arrested a second man on suspicion of harassing BBC journalist Nick Watt after images surfaced online last week of the political editor being confronted and pursued by a group of protesters.

The The metropolitan police said a 62-year-old man was detained at a South London police station on suspicion of a crime under section 4a of the Public Order Act, which covers the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior towards another person with Intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Images shared online showed protesters yelling at Watt, who was wearing his BBC lanyard, as he walked down the street. The former chief political correspondent for The Guardian turned and passed through a group of people, some of whom yelled “traitor” and other insults, before passing past a line of police officers near Downing Street.

Crowds had gathered to protest against the government’s four-week extension of coronavirus restrictions in England.

Martin Hockridge, 57, was arrested and charged in connection with the incident last week. He is due to appear in Westminster Trial Court on Tuesday, June 29.

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