The son of PC David Rathband says yesterdays shootings in Manchester brought back the horrific moment he learnt his father had been shot by Raoul Moat.
David Rathband was found hanged at his home in Blyth in Northumberland last February.
Ash Rathband has taken up the mantle at the Blue Lamp Foundation, a charity set-up by his father to help emergency services and their families caught up in tragic events like this.
The tragic shooting of two police officers n Manchester has reignited the debate on whether police officers should carry guns.
One man firmly against routinely arming police officers is former Chief Superintendent and now Mayor of Middlesbrough Ray Mallon. Our reporter Derek Proud asked him why.
The twin brother of Newcastle policeman David Rathband has called for police officers to be routinely armed following the double murder in Greater Manchester. PC Rathband was shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat and was found hanged at his home in Blyth in Northumberland last February.
His brother Darren, who's a policeman in South Australia, says yesterday's events in Manchester show that 21st century policing demands that officers carry weapons.