Hero officer recalls fight with London attackers

Hero officer recalls fight with London attackers

Sky News:-A hero police officer who fought all three London Bridge attackers with only his baton says there was “instant darkness” when he was stabbed in the head by one of the terrorists.

PC Wayne Marques, 38, had not long begun a night shift when he heard screams.

After spotting customers and bouncers at a nearby bar standing “like deers in the headlights”, he knew something was wrong.

Initially he thought it was a pub fight or a gang fight “at the most”, but he soon witnessed people being attacked on Borough High Street.

PC Marques said: “I heard a female’s scream. It was definitely a woman’s scream. I heard one scream that sort of echoed and made its way up London Bridge Street, on my left hand side.

“So I looked down the street and I couldn’t see who was screaming.

“But what did attract my attention is that there is a little restaurant that becomes a club and a restaurant at weekends, called Tito’s.

“I remember the bouncers and the people in the queue, the people having a cigarette. Every single one of them – they were like statues.”

PC Marques continued: “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 heard the attacker “yelp in pain”.

PC Marques, who was stabbed numerous times, had major injuries to his head, left hand and left leg.

He has recovered his sight after being wounded just above the right eye.

Discussing that horrific injury, PC Marques said: “He’d hit me so hard that my right eye went lights out straight away. I just went blind.”

He believes the fight, in which he was set upon by all three attackers, lasted for up to 90 seconds.

“The second one and the third one, I was basically fighting left to right,” he said, “because I only had one eye so I’m moving left to right, left to right.”

At that stage, the first attacker stabbed him in the leg.

“I’m thinking, ‘s***, there’s a knife in my leg while I’m fighting the second one and the third one’,” he said.

After he had been stabbed in the hand he remembered little except “swinging (my baton) all over the place”.

Regarding his injuries, PC Marques said he “didn’t realise how badly I was hurt”.

“The adrenaline,” he added, “the fighting, all of that, I could feel what they were doing to me but I couldn’t feel it at the same time.

“I could just feel that I’d been cut and hurt.”

As his colleague sent a message saying “officer down”, PC Marques told him: “Go get ’em, you’ve got to go get ’em.”

PC Marques sat down and then lay on the ground. As other officers rallied around he struggled to remain conscious.

He said: “That black cloud starts to come to your vision and starts closing in and closing in and I pretty much knew time was up.”

As he prepared to die, he asked a colleague to pass on his last messages to his parents, partner and the rest of his family.

“That was it,” he said. “Time was up. It’s hard to explain what you kind of think and feel at the time.”

After waking up in hospital, he says he felt a mixture of relief, shock and surprise.

All three attackers were shot dead by police.

PC Marques, who now takes around 25 pills a day, was discharged from hospital on Friday following a number of operations.

He has lost feeling in the right side of his head where nerves were severed, cannot walk unaided and struggles to grip with his left hand.

“Hopefully with the right help and the right care, I’ll get my legs back – that will be a great feeling. I am looking forward to getting my legs back definitely,” he said.

PC Marques says that being a hero was the “last thing I was thinking about”.

“All I was trying to do was keep people alive,” he said. “That was my job, keep people alive. And that’s what I did, that’s what I tried to do.”

He has paid tribute to the colleagues who helped him after the attack and the medical staff who have looked after him since then.

Asked whether he would return to his job, he said his family would rather he did not go back to that role.

“You’ve done enough,” they told him.

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