Police pay tribute to PC Rathband

PC David Rathband
PC David Rathband Credit: ITV

Former colleagues of PC David Rathband will pay tribute to him today at a special memorial service organised by Northumbria Police.

Hundreds of mourners attended his funeral in the Midlands at the weekend. He grew up in Stafford with his identical twin brother Darren.

The father of two was shot and blinded by Raoul Moat in July 2010. He survived and went on to set up the Blue Light Foundation which supports people in the emergency services injured whilst on duty. And he raised thousands of pounds for the charity, taking part in the London Marathon last year.

He also published a book called Tango 190.

He was found dead at his home in Blyth last month and leaves behind his ex-wife Kath and two teenage children.

This afternoon's service will take place at St Nicholas' Cathedral at 2 o'clock.

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PC Rathband Funeral & Memorial Service

The funeral of PC David Rathband has taken place at the weekend in Stafford. A Police Memorial service is taking place in Newcastle today.