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I'm so sorry I couldn't do more, says officer stabbed in the eye

By Scott D'Arcy

A police officer who was stabbed in the eye as he took on the London Bridge attackers armed with only his baton has said he was "sorry" he could not do more.

The British Transport Police (BTP) officer was stabbed in the head, face and leg and is said to be "seriously unwell" in hospital following Saturday night's attack.

In a statement from the force, the officer thanked members of the public for their support.

The officer, who has not been named, said: "Like every police officer who responded, I was simply doing my job. I didn't expect the level of love and well-wishes I have received.

"I feel like I did what any other person would have done. I want to say sorry to the families that lost their loved ones. I'm so sorry I couldn't do more and I want you to know I did everything I could."

The officer, who was less than two years into his job, was one of the first on the scene as he responded to calls for help from the public after a van ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge.

Meanwhile, an off-duty policeman injured as he tried to fend off the terrorists "would no doubt do exactly the same again", his family said.

PC Charlie Guenigault was said to have taken on the knife-wielding attackers with his bare hands, leaving him badly injured.

In a statement, his family said they were "extremely proud" of his "immense bravery" in facing down the killers on Saturday night.

They said: "Given the opportunity again, Charlie would no doubt do exactly the same if faced with the same situation; helping a fellow police officer in need and protecting the public."

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