National press back George Cross for police heroes

21 November 2017

BTP PC Wayne Marques and Met PC Charlie Guenigault

PC Wayne Marques and PC Charlie Guenigault pictured at the Pride of Britain Awards 2017

The Daily Mail and The Sun newspapers have called for officers involved in the London Bridge terror attack to be awarded the George Cross.

Metropolitan officer, Police Constable Charlie Guenigault and British Transport Police (BTP) officer, Police Constable Wayne Marques both suffered horrific injuries when, unarmed, they confronted three terrorists wearing fake suicide vests, who had murdered eight and injured 48 people during the London Bridge attack on 3 June.

A Sun campaign launched this weekend follows a similar campaign launched by the Daily Mail, calling for the officers’ outstanding bravery to be officially recognised with the UK’s top non-military medal, the George Cross.

Now Police Federation Chair Steve White has added the voice of every front line officer to the campaign to recognise these officers outstanding service by writing to the Prime Minister to ask for her personal support in recognising the officers brave efforts.

His letter described how the tally of deaths and serious injuries would have been far higher had it not been for the heroic officer’s actions.  He said: “PC Guenigault and PC Marques demonstrated selfless bravery on that awful night. They ran towards danger despite the odds they faced and through their selfless acts of bravery, saved many lives while putting their own at risk. Their bravery showed that the terrorist threat will never win and they both deserve the highest recognition from a grateful nation.”

Despite an incredibly quick response by officers from the Metropolitan Police, the terrorists caused the deaths and injuries to innocent members of the public when they drove a vehicle on London Bridge at a number of pedestrians, then disembarked and started randomly stabbing people in local restaurants and pubs.

A spokesman for the British Transport Police said: “The actions of a BTP officer in response to the terrorist attacks this year was heroic and various methods of formal recognition are being taken forward by the force.”