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Rathband family: "We are disappointed, but not surprised"

The family of Pc David Rathband hit out at the 'arrogance and insensitivity' of Northumbria Police after they lost a High Court negligence claim against the shot policeman's former employer.

In a statement read out on behalf of sister Debbie Essery and twin brother Darren, they said David had been left alone on the fateful night when gunman Raoul Moat shot him.

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Suspected wanted for more than three years arrested in Bulgaria

A suspect who has been wanted for more than three years has been arrested in Bulgaria.

Officers from Durham Constabulary placed a European Arrest Warrant on John Charles Mullen after he was wanted in connection with a glassing at the Lobster Festival, at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield on April 27 2012.

Victim Neil Parsons needed 167 stitches in his neck after he was stabbed during the incident.

He spent a week in hospital and lost six-and-a-half pints of blood.

In 2014 Dwane Douglas and David Garside, both from Hartlepool, admitted being involved in pushing and shoving in the scuffle.

Douglas was sentenced to six months in prison suspended for 12 months with 150 hours unpaid work and Garside was given four months, suspended for 12 months, with a £500 fine and 100 hours unpaid work.

Stuart Bell, 46, from The Front, Burnhope, in County Durham was given a two-year conditional discharge after admitting a public order offence.

But officers still wanted to trace Mullen from the Manchester area.

And on Wednesday 3 February he was stopped at an airport in Sofia, Bulgaria after landing on a flight from Turkey.

Extradition proceedings to bring him back to the UK are now underway.

This was a particularly nasty incident in which a man nearly died.

It has been a lengthy investigation by Durham Constabulary and the National Crime Agency to try and locate this individual.

We will now seek to bring him back so he can be charged.

– DC Karl Hopps, Durham Constabulary

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Appeal for witnesses following robbery of 80-year-old woman

Police are appealing for information following a robbery in which an 80-year-old woman had her handbag stolen in Norton.

The woman was approached by a man who dragged the woman to steal her handbag.

The incident took place at around 9.15pm on Thursday 4 February, in an alleyway close to the George and Dragon Public House on Norton High Street.

The man is described as aged between 20 and 30 years old, slim build, around 5ft 5” and 5ft 6” tall, wearing a grey hooded top with a dark jacket underneath.

Any witnesses or anyone with information regarding the incident or the man responsible is asked to contact police.

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