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Rathband family's court case against police begins

David Rathband. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/PA Images

A court case brought by some of the family of PC David Rathband against Northumbria Police is due to begin today (January 12).

Mr Rathband was shot in the face and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat in 2010. He then killed himself in 2012.

The officer's twin brother Darren and sister Debbie Essery are taking Northumbria Police to court, claiming the force was negligent in not passing on the warning to staff on patrol that night.

Raoul Moat had phoned 999 to say he was hunting for police.

It will be heard at Newcastle Crown Court and will last two weeks.

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