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London Bridge hero Wayne wins Pride of Britain award

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PC Wayne Marques

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Wayne Marques, the BTP officer who fought off three terrorists during the London Bridge attack, has been honoured for his bravery with a Pride of Britain Award. 
 
The 38-year-old from South Norwood has been named the winner of the Outstanding Bravery award for his actions during the 3 June incident.
 
PC Marques had just started his night shift when he heard of the attack taking place.
 
He ran towards the incident, encountering the attackers and charging at one of the terrorists with his baton, swinging at him to get him away from other victims. 
 
As he fought with the man, he was stabbed in the side of his head by a second offender.
 
A third man then joined in and Wayne, who had lost the sight in one eye, was stabbed in the leg.
 
He swung at them as best he could and eventually they ran off into Borough Market. 
 
He sustained stab wounds and underwent operations on his head, leg and hand. 
 
Wayne said: “I am truly moved and overwhelmed to get the award. I’ve always watched the Pride of Britain awards on the television but, never did I think I would be getting one of these awards. 
 
“Like every police officer who responded, I was simply doing my job. I never expected the level of love and well wishes I have received, not only from people in this country but across the world.
 
“I feel like I did what any other person would have done and I am so proud of my colleagues from BTP and everyone from the other emergency services who were on shift that night and did everything they could in the face of danger. 
 
“I especially want to thank the officers who saved my life and kept me alive. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them.”
 
Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: “I went to the hospital to see PC Marques on the night of the attack and he was lying there on a trolley, having his emergency treatment.
 
"When he saw me the first thing he said was “I’m sorry that I couldn’t do more – there were too many of them guv.”

“The second thing he said was to ask how his colleague was. 

“I think that just goes to show PC Marques’ genuine concern for others, and how he puts his duty above all else.

“Throughout his ongoing recovery, many people have wanted to congratulate Wayne for his actions. What has struck me is how humble he continues to be.

“Eight people lost their lives during the London Bridge attack and many more were injured. Many people did extremely brave things.

“None of us know how we would react if faced with a situation like that, but I know that if I could be even half as brave as Wayne was that night, I’d be proud to call myself a police officer.

“I am extremely proud of Wayne for his bravery and his actions. He epitomises the finest traditions of policing, and he is truly is the pride of Britain.”
 
The Pride of Britain Award for Outstanding Bravery will also be given to PC Charlie Guenigault after he was seriously injured during the London Bridge attack while fighting the terrorists.
 
PC Keith Palmer will also get the award for outstanding bravery after he put his life on the line while protecting others, during the Westminister attack. 

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