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Darren Rathband: 'We are a broken family'

"I have always known that David was struggling to cope with his blindness, that he was left with on that horrible day, the fourth of July.

How ironic that American Independence Day was the day he lost his independence and I lost some of me.

Sadly we are a broken family from his passing and there is grief in all of us. I hope that those who carry a burden after his death carry it with themselves and don't aim to lay that at his graveside. It is just as cowardly to judge an absent person as it is wicked to strike a defenceless one."

– Darren Rathband, brother

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Moving tributes to 'David the brave'

Hundreds of mourners packed Stafford Crematorium for the humanist funeral of PC David Rathband.

His twin brother Darren delivered a moving eulogy, as he described how his brother struggled to cope with his blindness. He said:

"We were the image of each other, but I can never come close to the man he was."

"David often said, 'I wish somebody would turn the lights on'."

Mourners celebrate life of policeman

Kath Rathband, estranged wife of David Rathband and the mother of his two children, enters Stafford Crematorium this morning. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Family, friends, colleagues and well-wishers gathered for the funeral of PC David Rathband today at Stafford Crematorium.

The humanist ceremony began with the Monty Python song Always Look On The Bright Side of Life, and was a celebration of his life rather than a reflection on his death.

The coffin of PC David Rathband is carried into the Stafford Crematorium. Credit: Kath Rathband, the estranged wife of David Rathband and the mother of his two children, enters Stafford Crematorium this morning.

Hundreds gather for Rathband funeral

Police form a guard of honour as the coffin of David Rathband arrives at the Stafford Cremetorium Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral of PC David Rathband today in Stafford.

Humanist celebrant Carly Fee told the congregation that the policeman's family were "unanimous" that his funeral should be a celebration of his life.

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Rathband was 'not a celebrity'

PC Rathband's twin brother Darren, also a police officer, said:

Anyone who has shown any interest in David's life and what he stood for is welcome to come to the service and show their respects.It will be a celebration of his life in the North East where he served people as a policeman before we then take him home to be buried with his family

He was a real person, not a celebrity. He only became one because he was shot in the face

Top politicians and dignitaries expected to be invited to Rathband funeral

The ceremony has been arranged by the officer's twin Darren with invitations being sent to top level politicians, senior dignitaries to the memorial as well as his family.

He will be buried in his home town of Stafford on March 17 with a public service which will be followed by a private burial.

Funeral details for Pc Rathband revealed

Pc David Rathband was found hanging at his home in Northumberland Credit: PA

Newcastle city centre is set to come to a standstill this weekend as police and the public come together to celebrate the life of Pc David Rathband who died last week.

The funeral for the officer, blinded by gunman Raoul Moat, will be held at the city's St Nicholas Cathedral at midday on Saturday.

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