PC Charlie Guenigault, off-duty Bexley cop who ran at London Bridge terror attackers, to receive Pride of Britain award
PUBLISHED: 10:21 24 October 2017
He will receive the honour at an awards ceremony next week
A serving police officer from Bexley who ran at terrorists during the London Bridge terror attack will be handed an award next week.
PC Charlie Guenigault was in Borough Market when the attack started on Saturday, June 10.
The 25-year-old ran to the aid of a British Transport Police officer who was injured, and was then stabbed himself in the head, back, stomach and leg after confronting the knife-wielding terrorists.
The keen cricketer underwent a three-hour operation to have his spleen removed after the attack, and is since recovering.
Next week the Southwark-based officer will be handed the Pride of Britain Outstanding Bravery award, along with former Bromley officer PC Keith Palmer, who died trying to stop Westminster attacker Khalid Masood.
Met Police’s deputy commissioner, Craig Mackey, said: “For PC Charlie Guenigault there was no such thing as ‘off duty’. That summer night in Borough Market, Charlie ran towards the terrorists, putting himself in danger to protect the public. Without thought for himself, his bravery undoubtedly helped others.
“Helping, supporting, running to the aid of the public or an injured colleague, putting others before ourselves, showing courage and compassion. These we humbly call our values. Values that the men and women of the Met show every day.
“Today we celebrate Keith and Charlie. I am proud to work in an organisation that can call these men colleagues. They are everyday heroes. I am proud to see them recognised for these qualities by the Pride of Britain Awards.”
In July, a fundraising page set up for PC Guenigault closed, after 639 supporters donated a total of £10,979.
The Pride of Britain Awards take place on October 30.