Pc David Rathband took his own life, coroner rules

Pc David Rathband speaks to the media outside Newcastle Magistrates' Court in 2011. Credit: Press Association

Pc David Rathband who was found hanging 20 months after he was shot and blinded by gun maniac Raoul Moat took his own life, a coroner ruled today.

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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.