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Police say claims by PC Rathband's family 'unjustified'

Northumbria Police's chief constable has rejected criticism of her force from the family of PC David Rathband, who hanged himself 20 months after being blinded by Raoul Moat. A coroner at an inquest into his death today ruled he took his own life.

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Kath Rathband: Shooting changed our lives 'irrevocably'

Following the conclusion of the inquest into the death of Pc David Rathband, his wife Kath said in a statement that three and a half years ago her family's lives were "changed irrevocably".

Kath Rathband's solicitor reads out a statement to the media on his client's behalf. Credit: ITV News/Debi Edward

In a statement read by her solicitor, she said: "Three and a half years ago, all our lives changed irrevocably. David fought so hard to come to terms with the devastating injuries that resulted from the shooting and the effects it had upon us 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 are achieving, as am I."

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