Police are investigating an incident by which “thugs” grabbed Professor Chris Whitty in a London park and jeered, after video of the episode circulated on-line.
A clip of the chief medical officer for England being put right into a headlock was posted to Twitter on Monday night time and was shortly condemned.
Not less than two younger males are seen grabbing the scientist as they ask him to cease for a photograph within the park, close to Westminster.
One other voice may be heard saying: “Go away the gentleman alone.”
It was not instantly clear when the incident befell or who had made the video.
Prof Whitty was verbally abused in a London road in the same video in February.
The Metropolitan Police stated it was conscious of the footage and is investigating the circumstances.
Vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi tweeted: “That is disgusting and these thugs have to be discovered and charged. Zero tolerance for harassing a public servant.”
A Met Police spokesperson stated: “We’re conscious of a video being shared on-line exhibiting an incident in St James’ Park.
“Officers spoke to all these concerned on the time and their particulars have been taken. We’re involved with the sufferer and the circumstances proceed to be investigated.”