PC Wayne Marques receives prestigious City of London Sheriffs’ Award for Bravery 2017

Left to Right: Chief Superintendent Martin Fry (British Transport Police), Sheriff Neil Redcliffe JP, PC Wayne Marques and Air Commodore Stephen Anderton (Master of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals)

Left to Right: Chief Superintendent Martin Fry (British Transport Police), Sheriff Neil Redcliffe JP, PC Wayne Marques and Air Commodore Stephen Anderton (Master of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals)

British Transport Police (BTP) officer PC Wayne Marques – who confronted three knife-wielding terrorists during the recent terror attacks in the London Bridge area of central London and, as a consequence, suffered severe life-changing injuries – is the chosen recipient of this year’s City of London Sheriffs’ Award for Bravery.

The City of London Sheriffs’ Award was introduced shortly after the 2007 London Underground and bus bombings specifically to recognise outstanding acts of bravery by individuals from across the UK. Every year since then, the Sheriffs have sought nominations for individuals who have, without thought for their own safety, acted to confront danger in both a selfless and inspirational manner.

PC Marques was selected for the ‘Principal Bravery Award’ by the Sheriffs of the City of London sitting at The Old Bailey in the wake of a rigorous review of all nominations. The accolade was presented on Monday 9 October at the Annual Dinner of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, which was held at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London.

Terrorist attack in central London

At around 10.00 pm on the evening of Saturday 3 June, three terrorists drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then engaged in a knife attack on innocent people enjoying the night-time economy in Borough Market. Eight individuals were killed and a further 48 injured. In addition to carrying knives, the attackers were later found to be wearing fake explosive vests.

BTP officer PC Marques – a probationary officer with less than two years’ police service at the BTP and a former Police Community Support Officer serving with the Metropolitan Police Service – was on duty in uniform at London Bridge Railway Station. He heard a woman screaming outside the station, went towards the screams and saw people running along Borough High Street.

PC Marques witnessed a man who was suffering from stab wounds being tended to by members of the public and then saw three attackers stabbing other members of the public with knives that were between eight and ten inches long. Equipped only with a standard issue expandable baton, and without thought for his own safety, PC Marques charged the attackers while they were stabbing yet another victim and began fighting for his life with all three.

As a result, PC Marques was stabbed in the head causing bleeding which impaired his vision. He received more stab wounds to his head, hands, hip and legs. PC Marques continued to confront the attackers until, as a result of his injuries, he lost consciousness. Shortly after this point, the attackers were shot by armed police officers. PC Marques was taken to hospital where he was then treated for his serious injuries.

PC Marques demonstrated a remarkable degree of bravery and an outstanding level of selflessness. The actions he took while seriously endangering his own life resulted in the terrorists being neutralised by armed police officers and, without doubt, prevented others from being injured or killed.

The City of London Sheriffs’ Award is launched annually in February with the ‘Principal Bravery Award’ being awarded by the Sheriffs in the autumn of the same year. As part of the 2017 award, PC Marques will receive a cheque for £2,500 and his name will be inscribed on an Honours Board and placed in a Book of Honour, both of which are on permanent display within the Central Criminal Court (The Old Bailey).

This annual award is open to nominations from the general public, the business community, the Emergency Services and the Armed Forces.

About The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals

The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals is one of the 110 proud Livery Companies of the City of London. The Worshipful Company is both a membership and charitable organisation providing invaluable support to the wider education community and welfare services to the security sector.

Membership of The Worshipful Company is drawn from all security organisations within the UK and includes leading security professionals from the industrial and retail sectors, serving and retired members of the police service and the Armed Forces, security consultants, academics, heads of security for corporate businesses, investigators and the leading practitioners within electronic surveillance companies.

*For further information on The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals access http://www.wcosp.org

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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