Diane Abbott’s son is charged with 11 offences including attacks on police

Diane Abbott’s son has been charged with a string of violent offences including allegedly beating up police officers and NHS staff as well as exposing himself in a hospital.

James Abbott-Thompson appeared before a judge at Thames Magistrates Court where he was accused of 11 crimes.

He is alleged to have gone on the rampage attacking nine people including five emergency workers, two of whom were assaulted on the same day. 

The 28-year-old faces nine charges of assault, a charge of of racially aggravated criminal damage and one of exposure over the past five months.

George Gross, defending, said: ‘The defendant proposes to indicate not guilty pleas.’ 

Miss Abbott, who has been Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Home Secretary since 2016, was not in court yesterday. 

Abbott-Thompson is the only son of the Labour MP and Ghanaian architect Richard Thompson, who divorced a year after his birth following two years of marriage.

The alleged attacks took place over the last six months at three London hospitals, the Homerton Hospital in Hackney, the Royal Free in Hampstead and Mile End Hospital in Tower Hamlets.

The last assault on a hospital worker is said to have taken place just two days before Christmas. 

He also faces one count of exposure on a hospital ward. 

Yesterday the Cambridge graduate appeared at Thames Magistrates Court in Bromley-by-Bow. 

District Judge Jane McIvor granted Abbott-Thompson bail yesterday ahead of a further hearing at Wood Green Crown Court next month.