Wife of PC Rathband issues statement

The wife of PC David Rathband has issued a statement following an inquest into her husband's death.

Kath Rathband said:

"Three-and-a-half years ago all of our lives changed irrevocably.

"David fought so hard to come to terms with the devastating injuries that resulted from the shooting and the effect it had on us all as a family.

"Whilst I have lost David, he has left me with two amazing children and he would be immensely proud of them and what they have achieved, as I am.

"He would also be proud of the continued work of the Blue Lamp Foundation, the charity that David started so that he and other people injured in the line of duty could seek help.

"I know that David would be delighted with what has been achieved to date and this will remain his lasting legacy.

"Many thanks goes to all those involved. I am honoured to be a patron of the charity and look forward to continuing the work that David began.

"It has been an immensely difficult few years for us all now that the inquest has been concluded I would like to ask for privacy for Ashley, Mia and myself so we can look to rebuild our lives while remembering David and all that he meant to us."

– Statement from Kath Rathband

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PC David Rathband Inquest

And inquest into the death of PC David Rathband is taking place