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Hero officer honoured by National Black Police Association

BRAVE: British Transport Police officer Wayne Marques

A BRITISH Transport Police officer, who confronted terrorists during the London Bridge attack last year, armed only with his baton, has been awarded for his bravery by the National Black Police Association (NBPA).

Wayne Marques is among those being honoured at annual conference, which is being held in Belfast for the first time and hosted by the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Marques was unable to make it to the conference in person, so delegates presented him with his award ahead of the event.

The conference, which began with a welcome reception yesterday and concludes tomorrow, will see around 200 delegates from more than 30 police services come together for a programme of activities.

Among the keynote speakers are Bevan Powell, the chair of the National Initiative for Leadership and Empowerment and home secretary Sajid Javid, who will deliver his speech via video link.

Speaking in May when the location of this year’s conference was announced, Tola Munro, the NBPA president said: “I am excited to be bringing this year’s NBPA Training Conference to the beautiful and historic city of Belfast. In this year, which marks the 25th anniversary of the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence and our own 20th anniversary, it is fitting that we pause, consolidate and move forward, pressing for a continued improvement in policing all of the communities in the UK.’ I would like to extend an invitation to all those with a vested interest in racial equality with the Criminal justice system to attend the conference.”

The theme of the 2018 conference is The Macpherson Report: How far have we come.

The Macpherson Report of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry deemed the Metropolitan Police as “institutionally racist”.

April marked the 25th anniversary of the death of Stephen Lawrence.

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