Wayne Marques receives outpouring of support after fighting London Bridge terrorists

A hero police officer who fought off three London Bridge terrorists with just his baton has been inundated with messages of support.

Wayne Marques said he thought he was going to die after being knifed multiple times when terrorists mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge, before going on a stabbing rampage in Borough Market.

After speaking publicly for the first time since the attack, the British Transport Police officer has been praised for confronting the terrorists who wreaked havoc in the capital on the night of June 3.

Fellow police officers, public figures and celebrities were among hundreds of people who took to social media to show their support for PC Marques, who they described as a “national hero”.


Wayne Marques: The British Transport Police officer has spoken for the first time about the attack (REUTERS)

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling wrote on Twitter: “’I was just trying to keep people alive.’ There’s no honour high enough for Wayne Marques.”

‘I was just trying to keep people alive.’ There’s no honour high enough for Wayne Marques. https://t.co/gsu5y2ar0K

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 28, 2017

Understandable outpouring of public support for an incredibly brave officer. Well done PC Wayne Marques, enjoy your Ribena! https://t.co/Z0ksWGLaRr

— NPCC (@PoliceChiefs) June 29, 2017

We’re incredibly proud to work alongside brave officers like PC Marques everyday. Thank you for your efforts. https://t.co/DfqZr6t1lU

— London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) June 28, 2017

Others, including the husband of murdered MP Jo Cox, Brendan Cox, praised the “pure courage” of PC Marques after he told of the moment he sprung in to action amid the chaos.

Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan wrote: “Heroes don’t come much braver than this. Thank you, Wayne Marques.”

One Twitter user said: “PC Wayne Marques of the BTP is a true hero. I hope he never has to buy a drink again.”

Heroes don’t come much braver than this. Thank you, Wayne Marques.👏👏 https://t.co/AQISkFUL5k

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 29, 2017

And another wrote: “PC Wayne Marques is a national hero. Another who has shown why our emergency service people are top notch.”

The 38-year-old, who was born in Birmingham and now lives in south London, said he knew something was wrong when he saw bouncers and revellers outside a nearby bar standing like “deers in headlights.”

He told how he initially thought the disturbance was a pub fight that had spilled out onto the streets or maybe a gang fight “at the most.”

The Pc said he was approached by an off-duty Met officer who said he saw someone being stabbed, before he himself witnessed the horror start to unfold.

He said: “I remember grabbing my baton with my right hand and I racked [extended] it. I took a deep breath and I just charged the first one [attacker].”

“As I got near him I swung at him with everything I had as hard as I could, straight through his head, trying to go for like a knock-out blow.”

He said he heard the attacker “yelp in pain.”

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Pc Marques has since recovered his sight, having been slashed just above his right eye.

Eight people died and dozens were injured in the attack.

The officer, who was starting his Saturday nightshift near London Bridge station only moments earlier, was one of four police officers injured.

The hero cop, who has worked with BTP for just under two years and was a PCSO with the Met for around six years beforehand, described the “instant darkness” when he was stabbed in the head by one of the terrorists.

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In a fight that he believes lasted somewhere up to 90 seconds, PC Marques, was set upon by all three terrorists.

He said: “And the three of them were standing together almost shoulder-to-shoulder in like a little wolf pack and they’re staring at me. And that’s when I get to size them up.

“The short one that was on the right-hand side, he was the one that I heard saying ‘Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar’. He said it a few times, eyes bulging.”

After waiting for them to make their next move, the officer said instead the attackers turned towards Borough Market to continue their rampage.

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