Police Federation



A Cheshire police officer has been nominated for the National Police Bravery Awards 2023 after talking a young woman down from a roof of a building which had a 30ft drop onto a railway line.

On 28 January last year, upon arriving to the scene, PS Steven Munday quickly assessed and took command of the serious situation, ensuring road closures were put in place along with a request for the power on the railway line to be switched off and trains to be stopped.

While identifying the safest possible way to try and encourage her to get down from the roof to a position of safety, PS Munday spotted a set of ladders in the beer garden of the building.

At this point PS Munday received information that she had slipped off the roof and was now hanging over the 30-foot drop above the railway line, holding onto the edge of the roof by her fingertips.

He immediately recognised the severity of the situation and displayed clear thinking under pressure, quickly running into the building and going down two sets of stairs into the beer garden to obtain the ladders.

Without any hesitation using the ladders he gained access to the top of the wall, having to walk along a narrow ledge with a sheer drop before gaining access to the flat roof.

PS Munday grabbed hold of the now hysterical young female by her upper arms and using his own strength and body weight pulled her back from over the edge of the roof. At any time, he could have fallen.

She resisted and he grappled with her but managed to detain her safely on the top of the narrow roof, which was only approximately six foot wide, pulling her as far away from the edge and drop as possible.

Once she was safely detained other officers and emergency services assisted and brought her down.

Cheshire Police Federation Chair Jamie Thompson said: “Sergeant Munday demonstrated the very best of policing and acted on instinct to save this young woman’s life. He is extremely humble about his actions that night, but we are incredibly proud of him and the way he put her safety ahead of his own.

"She is still alive today due to PS Munday’s quick, courageous, and decisive actions and is a worthy nominee for a bravery award.”

Chief Inspector Fez Khan also praised him. He said: “PS Munday is one of my finest at Crewe Police Station. It was a cracking job and worthy of the highest recognition.”

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