Piers Morgan blasts ‘disgusting ignorant scum’ as BBC’s Nick Watt harassed by protesters

BBC journalist appears to be chased by anti-lockdown protesters

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Newsnight political editor Nick Watt was harassed and chased by angry protesters as he walked near Downing Street this afternoon. A video shared on social media saw him trying to escape a mob who confronted him over lockdown restrictions.

One member of the crowd branded him a “traitor” as another was seen getting close to his face.

Nick was filmed walking towards Downing Street carrying a black notepad and wearing a BBC lanyard around his neck when he was approached.

He made a swift U-turn and ran back to the building where he was protected by police officers outside.

Piers Morgan, 56, has shared the viral video on his Twitter page, in view of his 7.9 million followers.

He wrote: “Disgusting ignorant scum. Too thick to realise this journalist has nothing to do with Govt policies.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel has also condemned the footage as “appalling and distressing”.

She tweeted: “The video of @BBCNewsnight’s Nick Watt being abused by a mob is appalling and distressing.

“This behaviour is never acceptable.”

She added: “The safety of journalists is fundamental to our democracy.

“This month the government launched a consultation to better understand the nature & volume of threats and abuse against journalists who are operating in the UK.”

GB News founder Andrew Neil commented: “Disgraceful treatment of Nick Watt.

“A fine reporter and good friend. Subjected to the intimidation and thuggery of the mob.

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“Simply terrible. Solidarity with Nick.”

The protesters have been in London today, following Boris Johnson’s announcement last night.

The Prime Minister said there will be a four-week delay on releasing the remaining lockdown measures.

June 21 was drafted for all restrictions to be lifted, however this has now changed to July 19.

Boris said they were concerned by the rising cases of the Delta variant, which is “spreading faster than the third wave predicted in the February roadmap”.

He said the aim for July 19 is to have two thirds of the adult population double jabbed.

“It is unmistakably clear the vaccines are working and the sheer scale of the vaccine roll-out has made our position incomparably better than in previous waves,” he continued.

The Prime Minister added that while he was confident there would be no more delays, he couldn’t guarantee it.

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