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Gallantry Awards

Two BTP officers will be recognised by the Queen for their heroic actions during the London Bridge attack last year.

PC Wayne Marques will receive the George Medal, the highest civilian award given to non-military personnel. His colleague PC Leon McLeod is to be awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal.

On 3 June 2017, three terrorists carried out an attack on members of the public at London Bridge, resulting in eight people being killed and many being badly hurt.

PC Wayne Marques was himself seriously injured as he ran towards the attackers and confronted them, armed only with his baton. He was seriously wounded but kept fighting off the terrorists until he collapsed.

His colleague, PC Leon McLeod, was with PC Marques that night, ran after the attackers and gave vital first aid to injured people, helping to carry people to safety despite the danger to himself.

Chief Constable Paul Crowther, said: “I was delighted to hear the news that PC Marques and PC McLeod are to be honoured for their incredible actions during those terrible events in June last year.

“It really signifies the regard in which we all hold them for their actions that night.

“Last year was a year that was incredibly difficult for many BTP officers and staff up and down the country and I’m incredibly grateful for all they did during those difficult times.

“While today is a day of acknowledgment and celebration for Wayne and Leon, of course, our thoughts remain with those who lost their lives or were injured in all of those terrible incidents. But very well done to Wayne and Leon.”