Family of PC Rathband to continue legal action

The family of PC David Rathband have said they will continue to take legal action against Northumbria Police.

After an inquest into the death of the former Northumbria Police officer, Debbie Essery - David Rathband's sister - read a statement outside Moot Hall in Newcastle. It said:

"As a family we would like to thank the coroner for his in-depth examination of the evidence put before him," she said.

"On July 4 2010, David, our brother, son, suffered horrific, life-changing injuries which he fought bravely and with courage and dignity, trying to come to terms with a life of pain and darkness.

"On February 29 2012, David gave up his fight and ended his pain and suffering.

"The loss of David has devastated our family.

"We will never be able to come to terms with this.

"Darren and I, as executors, will now continue with David's litigation against Northumbria Police for the benefit of David's children."

– Statement from Rathband family

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