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Off-duty Met constable wins regional Police Bravery Award after confronting group of ten during vicious attack

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A Metropolitan Police constable who confronted a group of ten during a vicious attack on a man in Charing Cross, London, while off duty has been presented with a Police Bravery Award.

PC Mugarura was presented with the award by Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe at the ceremony in central London at the event attended by senior figures from government and chief constables from around the country.

On Monday 23rd December 2013, PC Winston Mugarura was off-duty when he saw a group of approximately ten men chasing a lone man in Charing Cross Road.

PC Mugarura followed the group and he saw the lone male on the ground being kicked and stamped on by the group of ten.

The officer ran into the group and tried to shield the male from being attacked. He told them he was police officer and showed his warrant card, asking them to stop, but he was ignored.

The group continued to repeatedly punch, kick and stamp on the man.
Two members of the public tried to assist PC Mugarura to fend off the attackers, but to no avail. Some of the blows ended up hitting the officer on the back.

PC Mugarura managed to get the injured man to safety. The group then ran off.

The brave constable then heard a woman screaming. As he turned to look to where the sound came from, the injured man also ran away.

The off-duty officer ran towards where he had heard the woman screaming and found two members of the public tending to two women who had also been assaulted by the group.

One of the women sustained very serious injuries and one witness believed that she was dead as a result of the beating. A witness also stated that he had ‘never seen such a violent attack in my life’.

PC Mugarura left the woman in the care of the witnesses and ran after the group of men.

Despite the potential dangers to himself, the officer ultimately detained the main suspect for the attack.

The suspect struggled with PC Mugarura to try and break free but PC Mugarura was able to keep hold of him and arrested him for GBH.

Three other suspects were brought to PC Mugarura and he was able to positively identify them as being involved and they too were arrested for GBH.

PC Mugarura, without any thought for himself and without any personal safety equipment or assistance, placed himself in a very precarious and dangerous situation trying to protect a man who, unknown to the officer, had stolen an item from the girlfriend of one of the suspects.

On receiving the award, PC Mugarura said: “I feel really great. I am really proud of being given the chance to be nominated but winning is really something big.

“Such courageous acts from all the officers involved – I am very proud to be amongst them.”
John Tully, chairman, Metropolitan Police Federation, said:
“PC Winston Mugarura was off-duty, yet he put himself into a dangerous situation to protect others. He deserves this award for his courage in confronting a group of ten assailants.”

Stephen Mann, CEO, Police Mutual, said: “This incident is another example of the real dangers faced by officers across the country. Police Mutual is honoured to
sponsor the Police Bravery Awards and congratulate the officers who have shown tremendous dedication and commitment to their role in protecting others, with little thought for their own safety. We thank you wholeheartedly for keeping us safe.”

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Meet the Hero PCSO, Paramedic and Sainsbury’s Staff who saved mum on Christmas Eve 

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Earlier this week we reported the ‘Arnison Angels’ saved a mum who collapsed and stopped breathing on a Christmas shopping trip with her family has met the ‘Arnison angels’ who saved her life.

Catherine Maguire, 48, was shopping with her husband and three children on Christmas Eve at Sainsbury’s Durham’s Arnison Centre when she suddenly collapsed.

The alarm was raised by staff and first aider Janet Atkinson, a Sainsbury’s employee, came to Catherine’s aid.

She was followed by husband and wife Durham Constabulary PSCOs Debbie Sadler-Knox and Malcom Knox who happened to be patrolling in the area.

Janet and Debbie gave Catherine CPR and were joined by another Sainsbury’s employee, Lee White.

A short time later, off-duty paramedic Stephen Tate (pictured with Debbie, Catherine, her husband John and their three daughters) saw what was happening and also assisted.

As luck would have it the store had a portable defibrillator which was used on Catherine, who had suffered a heart attack.

She was then airlifted to James Cook University Hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance.

Thankfully Catherine, from Framwellgate Moor, is now recovering well from the near-death experience due to the quick actions of all involved.

She said: “I can’t thank everyone enough. From the Sainsbury’s staff to police, to the health services.

“Everyone was just fantastic and really did save my life.”

PSCO Debbie Sadler-Knox said: “When I saw what was happening, the training just kicked in and thankfully everything turned out ok.

“It is just great to see Catherine here with her family in much happier circumstances.”

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Alan Horujko Hero cop saves students from brutal murder during campus attack 

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A hero cop has been named as Police Officer Alan Horujko. He put others first during a knife attack at an Ohio State University.

The officer immediately responded to reports that a car had ploughed into pedestrians and began attacking people with a butcher’s knife.

Fearing mass murder Officer Horujko shot dead the attacker moments after the incident begun.

The attacked has been named as a Somali-born student at the university, 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan.

He started attacking people with a knife but was shot in less than a minute by the officer who was nearby.

It is believed  two people were being treated for stab wounds, four were injured by the car and two others were being treated for cuts, university officials said.

Police are treating the incident as a terror attack.

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Hero Cops save girls life of girl who wanted to kill herself

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Two fast-thinking police officers have helped saved the life of a girl who text her mate saying she wanted to end her life. Officers were quickly alerted and began searching for the girl.

The officers were alerted to the incident in the early hours of November 14, when Police Constables Daryl Jones and Mark Bullock, from Southend’s Local Policing Team, were patrolling Southend.

With the clock against them, the officers began searching the area and found a girl who matched the description. She had walked four miles from her home alone after sneaking out in the middle of the night and was on her way to Southend town centre to harm herself. The pair pulled over and approached the girl cautiously.

Upon seeing the officers, the girl broke down and became upset. Daryl and Mark reassured her that they were there to help her. After calmly engaging with the girl, the officers managed to negotiate with her to get in the police car so they could get her out of the cold and talk to her.

She spoke openly with Daryl and Mark about the difficulties she had been experiencing and how she had text her friend in the hope that the friend would get help for her.

She thanked the officers for finding her so quickly and the pair reassured her that they would get her the further help she needed.

Daryl waited with her whilst Mark made a difficult call to her parents to inform them of the situation and that their daughter had not come to any harm. Her dad thanked the officers for finding his daughter so quickly and ensuring her safety.

The girl was taken to a mental health suite for assessment and her parents thanked the officers again for finding their daughter so quickly and getting her the help she needed.

Daryl said: “I’ve never seen more of a genuine reaction for help from someone than when the young girl broke down when she saw myself and Mark and knew we were there to help her.”

Mark said: “We were just fortunate that we were in the right place at the right time and were able to locate her and help her, I have no doubt if we hadn’t of found her it would have been a different outcome.”

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