Hero PC who tackled terrorists in London Bridge attack set to return to duty

A hero policeman who tackled knife-wielding terrorists with just his baton is set to return to duty.

Brave PC Wayne Marques, who was ­seriously injured as he battled the jihadis a year ago, can now walk again unaided.

He said: “I’ve made significant progress. I’m much more independent, much more able, I’m standing, I’m walking, I’m talking.”

The crazed attackers, who had mown down pedestrians with a van on London Bridge, stabbed the British Transport Police officer in the head, leg and hand.

Wayne, 39, thought he was about to die.

But after a year of ­treatment he spoke of his hopes to get back to work in July – despite family fears for his safety.

He said in a video interview recorded by British Transport Police: “It’s a job I enjoy. It’s who I am, to be honest.”

The first officer on the scene, he was temporarily blinded in one eye as Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba knifed him.

The maniacs were eventually shot dead by police. But their attack, on June 3, left eight dead and 48 hurt. Wayne, still in rehabilitation, is working on building up the strength in his left side and ­recovering his ­­running ability.

He said: “I’m able to socialise again, see family and friends.” Wayne had several ­operations and spent almost three weeks in hospital. Messages of support from ­strangers helped him cope.

Wayne, originally from Birmingham but now living in South London, explained: “You’re stuck in a bed and you’ve got this time to keep thinking.

“Then you get these messages from people.

“You’ve never met them and never will, in most cases. But just genuine, heartfelt, caring messages.

“People felt the need to send me something or write me something. The messages have just been awesome.”

Joking that he had not had to buy a pint since telling his story, he said of all the support: “I can only say thank you very much.”

A carved stone tribute to his bravery, to hang in Southwark Cathedral, will be unveiled at a service on Sunday.

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