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David Rathband's family condemn 'arrogance' of Northumbria Police

David Rathband's sister Debbie Essery at court on January 15th Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

The family of Pc David Rathband hit out at the "arrogance and insensitivity" of Northumbria Police after they lost a High Court negligence claim against the shot policeman's former employer.

In a statement read out on behalf of sister Debbie Essery and twin brother Darren, they said David had been left alone on the fateful night when gunman Raoul Moat shot him.

Darren and myself are disappointed, although not surprised by the judgement handed down today.

Mistakes were made, policies and procedures have been changed, that fact remains.

The arrogance and insensitivity of Northumbria Police throughout has been cruel to say the least.

The public perception appears to be that police officers are looked after by their own force, this was definitely not the case for David.

He was left alone on July 4 and thereafter not only by the force he was so proud to serve, but by others whom he loved too.

To those of you that have supported Darren and I, we thank you.

For those that have judged us without ever knowing the truth we thank you too, you gave us even more determination to carry on.

To those of you that have not got the big pot of money you expected for doing nothing to help David, that makes this judgement a little easier.

To David, no braver, stronger, courageous and caring brother could we have been blessed with. We miss you so very much and your leaving us gets no easier.

Your fight is now over and you can rest in peace.

We love you David and are honoured to call you brother. Fly high darling, you are now free.

– David Rathband's family

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