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A brave Scots police officer who lost his leg after on duty has returned to work 19 months after the incident.

PC Phil Hedge-Holmes was forced to have his left leg amputated above the knee after an alleged car crash on London Road, Glasgow, on May 31 last year.

His life was saved by colleagues applying tourniquets at the scene to stem his blood loss.

The 46-year-old, who has five years service, spent more than nine weeks in hospital where he underwent several surgical procedures and intensive physiotherapy.

It has been a long road to recovery, but he has finally returned to a hero’s welcome from his colleagues after battling back from his ordeal.

Revealing the news on Twitter, the Scottish Police Federation said: “Some excellent news!

“Our colleague Phil Hedge-Holmes has his first day back at work today.

“It’s been a long 19 months for Phil but he was always determined he’d be back, and we are delighted to see that he is.”

They were joined in praising the copper – who previously won a bravery award – by Scottish Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf.

He tweeted: “Seeing Phil receive his Bravery Award was one of the most moving moments I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing.

“He -and his family- have shown an incredible amount of courage and fortitude. Delighted to see him back in uniform!”

Last March, we told how Phil was able to take his first steps just six weeks after losing his limb.

The inspiring father-of-one revealed he couldn’t have made his incredible recovery without his beloved wife Kelly, who was only away from his hospital bed for one of the nine weeks he was there.

Phil Hedge-Holmes with wife Holly

Phil said: “I would not be here today without my wife Kelly. She is just absolutely amazing. The all round support has been really overwhelming.

After I walked for the first time, I had to sit down and got quite emotional.

“Because there was so much damage, I didn’t think I was going to be able to walk but it was at that moment that I realised that this was really the start of my recovery.

“I think it was a good thing that I had seen the damage to my leg beforehand so it didn’t come as much of a shock when the doctors told me the leg was going to have to go.

“When I looked down, my left leg was at a right angle with my body so I immediately knew there was some serious damage.

“I’m slowly getting there. What’s happened has changed my life. It will change my life forever. But I’m still here.

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