Diane Abbott’s son is arrested after attacking two police officers

The son of Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott has been charged with two counts of assault over alleged on two police officers during a disturbance at the Foreign Office.

James Abbott-Thompson, 28, was arrested on Friday afternoon last week after police were called to the Foreign Office in Westminster, where he used to work.

He was later charged with two counts of assault by beating an emergency services worker and a public order offence.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard on Monday that he is accused of spitting at and punching one officer and biting the thumb of another. 

He was bailed to appear back in front of magistrates in February. 

By that time, if Labour win next week’s General Election, his mother could be Home Secretary, in charge of the country’s police forces, two of whose members he is accused of assaulting.

According to his LinkedIn page, Abbott-Thompson got a position in the Foreign Office’s Diplomatic Fast Stream in 2014 and was based in London for two and a half years.

He was then moved to the British Embassy in Rome until June this year, when he went on secondment to consultancy firm HewardMills, which he has since left.

The Met Police confirmed they were called to an incident at the Foreign Office in King Charles Street, Westminster at 2.45pm last Friday.

A spokesman said: ‘James Adam Abbott-Thompson, 28, was charged on Sunday 1 December with two counts of assault by beating of an emergency services worker.

‘He was further charged with an offence under Section 4 of the Public Order Act. He appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 2 December.

‘He was granted bail and next appears at City of London Magistrates’ Court on 7 February.’

The alleged assaults are said to have taken place after Abbott-Thompson arrived at the Foreign Office building and asked to speak to someone, who was not present.

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed the three charges and the trial date of February 7.

Ms Abbott’s office has been contacted for comment. 

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