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Rathband family ordered to pay court costs after losing case against Northumbria Police

The family of PC David Rathband have lost the case the civil court case they brought against Northumbria Police. They claimed that the force was negligent in not warning officers of gunman Raoul Moat's threat to kill officers. PC Rathband was shot by Moat in 2010 and later took his own life.

David Rathband's sister Debbie Essery at court on January 15th

The judge has ordered the family to pay court costs, and has ordered an interim payment of £100,000.


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Rathband case judge: "It could have been anyone"

(l) Raoul Moat and (r) David Rathband

The judge in the civil case brought against Northumbria Police summed up his decision saying that "but if it had not been him (Rathband) it would probably have been somebody else".

The family of Pc David Rathband lost their civil case against Northumbria Police, after attempting to sue them for negligence.

Rahtband was shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat in 2010.

He later took his own life.

Moat was a resourceful and determined criminal, well capable of carrying out his threat, who remained at large for some days after PC Rathband was shot.

Regardless of the issue of any warning to be vigilant, PC Rathband’s bleak assessment was probably right.

He was desperately unlucky to be the victim of Moat’s cruelty and hatred, but if it had not been him, it would probably have been somebody else."

– Mr Justice Males

What the judge had to say:

  • Superintendent Farrell (Silver Commander at the time) had only 3½ minutes in which to do anything which would have averted the shooting. In all probability that was simply not enough time.
  • Even if a warning had been broadcast within that short period, it would have left PC Rathband with very little time, measured (at most) in seconds rather than minutes, in which to decide that he needed to move away from the position in which his vehicle was parked.
  • Unless he moved off almost instantaneously, a warning would not have averted his shooting.
  • The Judge referenced Rathband's book saying: It is worth referring to the emotion which PC Rathband described (in his book) in contemplating the likelihood that, if it had not been him who was shot, it would have been one of his fellow officers:

Two casualties trapped in road traffic accident

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service Credit: Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service attended to a three vehicle collision this morning on the M40 motorway between junction 16 and junction 3A of the M42, northbound.

Fire crews from Leamington Spa and Henley in Arden were mobilised and upon arrival, fire fighters found that a collision had occurred between 3 private cars, with two casualties trapped.

Fire crews used small gear and clan lucas cutting equipment to deal with the incident where the Police, Ambulance Service, Air Ambulance Service and Highways England all attended.

Weekend Picks: Beer Festival

Moseley and Kings Heath Beer Festival: Fri 5th - Sat 6th Feb (Moseley, Birmingham)

Visitors can choose from more than forty craft beers Credit: Frank May/DPA/PA Images

Back for its third year, this weekend Moseley Roundtables are holding a charity beer festival.

Visitors will be able to choose from more than forty craft beers and more than 15 bespoke ciders. There’ll also be live entertainment and hot food available on both dates.

For prices, opening times and more information visit:


Man charged with child sexual exploitation of 13-year-old girl

Stock image of police officer Credit: Joe Giddens / PA Archive/Press Association Images

A 61-year-old man from Lake View, Northampton has been charged with the sexual exploitation of a 13-year-old girl.

David Atherall has been granted conditional bail and will appear at Northampton Crown Court on Wednesday 2 March.

He was charged as a result of an investigation by the RISE (Reducing Incidents of Sexual Exploitation) team.

Anybody with any concerns relating to CSE should call Northamptonshire Police on 101, or the Child Safeguarding Team on 0300 126 1000.

Weekend Picks: Stargazing

Stargazing: Sat 6th Feb (Sherwood Forest Country Park, Nottinghamshire)

Look out for constellations in the night sky this weekend Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Join rangers and staff from a local observatory this weekend for a stargazing event in Nottinghamshire. Visitors of all ages are being invited to take part by looking at the different constellations in the night sky at Sherwood Forest Country Park.

For prices, opening times and more information visit:

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