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PC David Rathband's funeral to take place in Stafford

PC David Rathband Photo: ITV Central

The funeral of PC David Rathband is due to take place in Stafford today.

PC Rathband was found hanged at his home in Northumberland on February 29th.

The former Northumbria Police officer was left blind after being shot by gunman Raoul Moat in 2010.

His twin brother Darren has organised the service in Stafford where they both grew up.

His widow Kath is expected to join other mourners despite being asked to stay away by the family.

David's estranged wife has been caught in a bitter war of words with the family since her husbands death. They split up last year.

Memorial service held for PC David Rathband in Newcastle last week Credit: ITV Central

She was criticised by the Rathband family for not attending a memorial service held in Newcastle last Saturday.

Mrs Rathband has been asked to stay away from the service at Stafford Crematorium.

However her publicist Max Clifford said she would be attending.

"Darren Rathband contacted Kath through her son Ashley and said he does not want her to go to the funeral and that David would not have wanted her to go.

"But she always intended to go and will be there.

"She has spoken to her children and they very much want her to be there.

"Don't forget Kath was speaking to David right up until the day he died.

"Although they were estranged, they were still very, very close. They had been married for 20 years."

– Max Clifford, publicist to Kath Rathband

PC Rathband had struggled to come to terms with his injuries since being shot in the face and blinded by Moat.

He became a national figure after setting up the Blue Lamp Foundation, which helps Emergency service personnel injured in the line of duty.

Today's funeral will be followed by a private family burial.

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