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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.
The judge presiding over the Rathband negligence case has ruled that the family should pay the force's court costs.
That starts with an interim payment of £100,000 - due within 21 days.
The family of Pc David Rathband lost their case against Northumbria police at the High Court in Newcastle.
Rathband was shot and blinded by Raoul Moat in 2010 as he sat in his patrol car in Newcastle.
The judge in the civil case brought against Northumbria Police summed up his decision saying that "but if it had not been him (Rathband) it would probably have been somebody else".
The family of Pc David Rathband lost their civil case against Northumbria Police, after attempting to sue them for negligence.
Rahtband was shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat in 2010.
He later took his own life.
What the judge had to say:
- Superintendent Farrell (Silver Commander at the time) had only 3½ minutes in which to do anything which would have averted the shooting. In all probability that was simply not enough time.
- Even if a warning had been broadcast within that short period, it would have left PC Rathband with very little time, measured (at most) in seconds rather than minutes, in which to decide that he needed to move away from the position in which his vehicle was parked.
- Unless he moved off almost instantaneously, a warning would not have averted his shooting.
- The Judge referenced Rathband's book saying: It is worth referring to the emotion which PC Rathband described (in his book) in contemplating the likelihood that, if it had not been him who was shot, it would have been one of his fellow officers:
The family of PC David Rathband have lost the case the civil court case they brought against Northumbria Police. They claimed that the force was negligent in not warning officers of gunman Raoul Moat's threat to kill officers. PC Rathband was shot by Moat in 2010 and later took his own life.
The judge has ordered the family to pay court costs, and has ordered an interim payment of £100,000.
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In his judgment, Mr Justice Males referred to a passage from the late officer's book Tango 190.
The family of Pc David Rathband hit out at the "arrogance and insensitivity" of Northumbria Police after they lost their negligence claim.