Piers Morgan slams 'disgusting' yobs who filmed themselves grabbing Chris Whitty in street
PIERS Morgan has blasted the yobs who filmed themselves grabbing Prof Chris Whitty on a London street.
Replying to a tweet that shared a video of the confrontation, the 57-year-old ex-GMB labelled the thugs as "disgusting".
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Plenty of his followers agreed with him too, with one calling it "harassment, assault and also breaching social distancing rules. It’s not banter.
Another Piers fan said: "This is so so wrong…that poor man.
"Nobody deserves to be harassed and intimidated like this."
Piers was among the string of Brits to slam the confrontation filmed in St James Park – with many demanding proper security for England's chief medical officer.
In the footage, the two yobs can be seen approaching the top medic – who has been heralded for his sensible approach to guiding the UK through the pandemic – before suddenly grabbing him around his shoulders in London.
The upsetting footage shows the professor's face turn red with the effort of trying to free himself from their clutches.
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The halfwits then yell 'oi-oi' while poking their tongues out at the camera.
Prof Whitty manages to briefly steer clear of their grasping hands, while they yell more unintelligible comments.
The Met Police last night confirmed it was aware of the footage and had launched a probe into the incident.
A spokesperson said: "Officers spoke to all those involved at the time and their details were taken. We are in contact with the victim and the circumstances continue to be investigated."
The new Health Secretary Sajid Javid branded the incident "appalling and totally unacceptable".
"The CMO works tirelessly on behalf of the country. We will not tolerate this sort of behaviour towards our public servants," he tweeted.
"The men behaving in this disgraceful way should be ashamed."
Meanwhile Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi blasted: "This is disgusting and these thugs must be found and charged. Zero tolerance for harassing a public servant."
Home Secretary Priti Patel said she was "horrified" by what happened to the "incredibly respected figure" who has been leading the response to Covid.
"I'm horrified by what has happened to Chris and the police are actually involved as well and we're also speaking to Chris to look at what we can do to support him it's just, it's just appalling."
She said Prof Whitty should be "given the right kind of support" though wouldn't be drawn if that would include police protection.
"It is terrible to see such an important public figure, someone that day in day out has been serving our country the way in which we were recording it subject to just appalling abuse."
Other unimpressed Brits were quick to slam their actions – while writing their support for the Covid expert.
A concerned Owen Thomas urged: "My blood is boiling. Involve the police. Now."
Another man tweeted that the idiots' actions were "gross, he looks clearly uncomfortable", while one Brit said it was "shocking".
Mark Baxendale added: "What is wrong with people. He’s the only one who been constantly professional throughout. Poor bloke."
Zad tweeted: "It’s about time Whitty gets security, as what’s happening to him is unacceptable."
Sam Langley wrote: "Whether you agree with his decisions or not, he’s tried his hardest for this country for over 16 months."
And Mike asked: "How does this man not have a protection officer? This keeps happening."
It's not the first time that Prof Whitty has been harassed by annoying yobs in the street.
In February, the Covid expert was confronted by a teen who yelled at him in the street.
ITV star Lorraine Kelly wrote in The Sun about a "ghastly little toerag who harangued Chris Whitty".
She said in a scathing opinion piece: "This ignorant teen filmed himself repeatedly calling Professor Whitty 'a liar' in a pathetic attempt at being 'cool', complete with a laughable 'street' accent.
"The stoic medical expert, who has been working round the clock since this pandemic began, resolutely ignored the brainless twerp and patiently waited for him to run out of steam.
"I would not have been so forgiving and he would have felt the toe of my boot right up his backside.
"I’m fuming about the Prof being subjected to such an onslaught by this pathetic wee no-mark.
"His mother was also horrified, declaring that this was NOT the way she had brought up her son and NOT the sort of behaviour she expects from him.
"As well as ordering him to say sorry, she has taken away his PlayStation as 'that’s the thing he loves the most'."
Just last week The Sun wrote about the disgusting moment an antivaxxer hounded Prof Jonathan Van-Tam and accused him of 'genocide'.
Vile Geza Tarjanyi, 60, filmed himself hurling abuse at the Deputy Chief Medical Officer in Westminster.
Tarjanyi asked: "What was really in that needle you put into Matt Hancock?", referring to the ex-Health Secretary's vaccination in April.
Tarjanyi films Professor Van-Tam as he approaches him before saying: "Are you Van-Tam, aren't ya?"
He continued: "Why are you continually lying to the British people? Why are you smiling?
"This country's supposed to be in the worst pandemic of all time."
Professor Van-Tam then calmly replied: "It is."
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