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Brave officer stabbed in terrorist attack returns to work

HERO: Wayne Marques was seriously injured as he tried to stop the attackers

A POLICE OFFICER who was stabbed as he confronted terrorists during the London Bridge and Borough Market attack has returned to work at the British Transport Police.

PC Wayne Marques was seriously injured when he ran towards the attackers last June.

Marques was armed only with his baton when he confronted the men and suffered multiple stab wounds.

He said: “Since last June I have been in and out of intensive rehabilitation programmes which at times has been incredibly tough both physically and mentally. Coming back to work has always been a goal of mine and I have been determined to reach this stage, returning to a sense of normality and routine.

“It feels surreal walking back through the doors but I am thrilled to get back to what I love doing. I know there is still a long road ahead of me before I can put the operational uniform back on, but with time I hope I can reach that stage.

“Of course, I wouldn’t be here without the overwhelming help and support of my friends, family and my colleagues at BTP. They’ve been there when things got tough and I would like to thank them for this. I must and will not forget everyone that got me to where I am today, I certainly need to catch up on the amount of tea rounds I have missed!”

The British Transport police said that Marques’ recovery is ongoing and that he will be taking on light duties in south London but will not be performing an uniformed operational roles at this time.

Chief constable Paul Crowther, said: “I am delighted to see that Wayne has returned to work after a tough recovery process. His determination and hard work during his rehabilitation is truly inspiring.

“Wayne is a credit to the Force and he undoubtedly exemplifies the very best in British policing. I wish him all the best as he continues to rebuild his strength in his recovery. I would also like to pay tribute to the many people who have helped Wayne’s recovery, including the team at King’s College hospital, Hedley Court, the Police Treatment Centre, our own occupation health teams, and of course the support of his colleagues.

“Of course, whilst we are all proud of Wayne’s achievements, we must not forget about those who died and who lost loved ones during this atrocity. Our thoughts will always remain with those who died during the attack at London Bridge and Borough Market.”

Eight people were killed and 48 were injured when three men – Jhuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba – drove a van into pedestrians and then stabbed people enjoying their Saturday night in Borough Market.

The three men were all shot by police at the scene.

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