Man From Sheen Charged with Assaulting BBC Journalist

Joseph Olswang accused of chasing Nick Watt near Whitehall

Nick Watt (left) being chased by anti-lockdown protestors. Picture: Resistance GB/YouTube


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A 38-year-old man from Sheen has been charged in connection with an incident in which a BBC reporter was chased and harassed.

Joseph Olswang, of Upper Richmond Road West, who owns a children’s clothes brand and promotes music to radio stations, was arrested and charged with common assault contrary to section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.

The charge relates to an incident on 14 June which was widely distributed on social media which showed a group of people at an anti-lockdown protest abusing and manhandling Nick Watt in the vicinity of Richmond Terrace and Whitehall. A mob crowded around Mr Watt calling him a traitor and accusing him of spreading lies on behalf of the ‘mainstream media’.

Mr Olswang, who attended Latymer School, will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday, 15 July.

Prior to this arrest, two men were charged with an offence contrary to section 4a of the Public Order Act. Martin Hockridge, 57 of Eastmoor Park, Harpenden appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 29 June and will next appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Monday, 8 November. Christopher Aitken, 62 Kellett Road, Brixton, SW2 will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday, 22 July.

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July 2, 2021

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