“The 100 Days of Action gives us a chance to showcase what we, as volunteers, can do…”

Policing is something I’ve always wanted to do. I love programmes like Police Interceptors and Traffic Cops and that’s what inspired me to join.

I’ve been quite lucky in my career in that early on I was on a good salary. Unfortunately a police salary wouldn’t compete with that – I wouldn’t be able to take a pay cut to join so it’s not a full time career option for me. That’s why I do it as a hobby; although I volunteer about 140 hours a month, which is probably about the same as a regular officer would work.

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“The neighbour blamed the victim for his son’s disability, accusing him of being incestuous”

I had an appointment booked to see a victim, they wanted to make a statement about an assault. It was a name I recognised, an address I’d visited many times before.

As a PCSO, before becoming a PC, I had spent a good deal of time with the victim and his family. Unfortunately they had experienced many issues with their neighbour ever since moving in almost eight years previously.

I had built up a strong rapport with them. This made all the difference when dealing with their case as there was a level of trust between us. On this occasion the victim’s neighbour had attempted to block his route with his vehicle and approached him in an aggressive manner. He began to assault him, pushing and shoving him while shouting abuse in his face.

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Just walk away

It’s hard to put my dad into words. He was very outgoing, very full of himself I guess, he didn’t lack any confidence at all. He was a good man, a very good man.

He was very logical in the way he approached things, but in the same breath he was one of the most caring and loving men I’ve ever met.

I was in Brighton at the time, and I got a phone call from my mum. She was in tears and she told me there had been an incident but she didn’t really tell me too much on the phone. I got picked up, came to the hospital and he was just lying there.

We found out what had happened – he’d been punched in the back of the head and then he’d fallen and hit his head twice.

We were at the hospital pretty much all morning. At about 1pm they came into the waiting room and told us that he wasn’t going to wake up.

Losing him has devastated us.

My mum’s not the same person she was before; none of us are.

It’s really hard to describe.

It’s impacted us all differently, we’ve all gone through different phases with it – I personally went through a phase where I didn’t get out of bed for two weeks.

I’m a 21-year-old man at university, and I understand people get into arguments and conflicts, but it’s so silly to waste two lives after one stupid, split decision.

I’d say to people; just think.

Just think about it.

Any conflict or confrontation you get into, in the long run it’s never worth it.

Like the campaign says, two lives get ruined – although with the families of everyone it’s more than two lives.

It’s just not worth it. Just walk away.

Just walk away.

This blog post was written by Joe, the son of Mark Munday, who was killed on Saturday 3 December after being punched in the back of the head. He is speaking out in support of the Bedfordshire Police One Punch, Two Lives campaign.

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