Northumbria Police say a police memorial service in honour of PC David Rathband will be held on Monday March 19 at St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle.

It will be a formal police memorial to PC Rathband as an officer and a public servant.

It has been organised with his widow Kath and their children who are planning to hold a Celebration of Life service at the Cathedral this Saturday. They have extended an invitation to anyone wishing to attend.

A separate family funeral service is planned for Saturday March 17 in Staffordshire.