Officer injured in London Bridge terror attack promises to catch up on tea rounds as he returns to work
An officer who risked his life protecting people during the London Bridge terror attack has returned to work.
Police Constable Wayne Marques was stabbed multiple times as he ran at knife-wielding terrorists carrying only his baton in June last year.
Since then he has attended multiple rehabilitation programmes to help him recover – and on Friday (August 31), he returned to work at British Transport Police (BTP) for the first time since the attack.
While his rehabilitation continues, he will carry out light duties in South London and will not work in uniformed operational roles.
PC Marques said: “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!”
Eight people died on June 3 last year when three terrorists drove at pedestrians on London Bridge before launching a knife attack in London’s Borough Market.
PC Marques was stabbed in the head, leg and hand while trying to detain them with his baton, leaing him with major injuries, including temporary blindness in one eye.
He spent almost three weeks in hospital after the attack.
Last month, it was announced he would be awarded the George Medal for his heroism during the incident.
Chief Constable Paul Crowther described PC Marques’ determination and hard work during his rehabilitation as “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,” he added.
“I would also like to pay tribute to the many people who have helped Wayne’s recovery, including the team at Kings College hospital, Hedley Court, the Police Treatment Centre, our own occupational health teams, and of course the support of his colleagues.”