Cop used ba­ton against 3 ter­ror­ists as they stabbed him

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A HERO po­lice­man has re­vealed how he was tem­po­rar­ily blinded in one eye af­ter tak­ing on the Lon­don Bridge ter­ror­ists – with his ba­ton.

Speak­ing pub­licly for the first time since the ter­ror at­tack ear­lier this month, Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice con­sta­ble Wayne Mar­ques said he thought he was go­ing to die af­ter be­ing stabbed mul­ti­ple times.

He was left blinded in one eye as they swiped at him with their knives.

“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),” he said.

“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”.

PC Mar­ques was on pa­trol when he heard screams.

He knew some­thing was wrong when he saw bounc­ers and cus­tomers queu­ing at a nearby bar stand­ing “like deer in the head­lights”.

Three ter­ror­ists in stabproof vests drove a van into pedes­tri­ans at 80kmh on Lon­don Bridge be­fore at­tack­ing rev­ellers with hunt­ing knives.

PC Mar­ques thought he was deal­ing with a pub fight that had spilled out­side, or a gang fight “at the most”.

He was ap­proached by an off-duty po­lice of­fi­cer who said he had seen some­one stabbed. Shortly af­ter, PC Mar­ques saw peo­ple be­ing at­tacked in Bor­ough High St.

He de­scribed the “in­stant dark­ness” when he was stabbed in the head.

“He’d hit me so hard that my right eye went lights out straight away, I just went blind,” he said.

He fought off ter­ror­ists Rachid Re­douane, Khu­ram Shazad Butt and Youssef Zaghba for about 90 sec­onds.

He re­called be­ing stabbed in the leg, “I’m think­ing ‘sh*t, there’s a knife in my leg while I’m fight­ing the sec­ond one and third one’.”

Af­ter be­ing stabbed in the hand he said he could re­mem­ber lit­tle ex­cept for “swing­ing (my ba­ton) all over the place”.

He con­tin­ued: “I didn’t re­alise how badly I was hurt. The adren­a­line, 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.”

Eight peo­ple were killed and 48 in­jured in the at­tack.

PHOTO: JOHN STILL­WELL/PA

Wayne Mar­ques’s wound.

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