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.
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