Maltese hit-and-run police officer is hailed a hero

A Maltese traffic officer who almost died in a hit-and-run attack has thanked the Prime Minister for his support.

PC Simon Schembri has been hailed a hero for his courage after losing an arm in the horrific accident in Luqa two months ago.

The dad-of-three from Paola paid tribute to Joseph Muscat for his kindness and help after he was fitted with a state-of-the-art bionic hand by specialists at St Luke’s Hospital.

Writing on Facebook, PC Schembri said: ‘I want to thank the Prime Minister, who in the most difficult moments of my life, put aside his work and took time to listen to me and gave me all the help he could give.’

The traffic officer and his family were also invited to San Anton Palace to meet with President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, who praised his determination and courage.