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

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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