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PC Rathband's son talks about his father's legacy.

The son of PC David Rathband says yesterdays shootings in Manchester brought back the horrific moment he learnt his father had been shot by Raoul Moat.

David Rathband was found hanged at his home in Blyth in Northumberland last February.

Ash Rathband has taken up the mantle at the Blue Lamp Foundation, a charity set-up by his father to help emergency services and their families caught up in tragic events like this.


Calls for police to be armed following Manchester shootings

The twin brother of Newcastle policeman David Rathband has called for police officers to be routinely armed following the double murder in Greater Manchester. PC Rathband was shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat and was found hanged at his home in Blyth in Northumberland last February.

His brother Darren, who's a policeman in South Australia, says yesterday's events in Manchester show that 21st century policing demands that officers carry weapons.

PC David Rathband's inquest delayed

An inquest into the death of Pc David Rathband, who was found hanged at his home, has been delayed after the coroner received more information. A hearing was due to be held in Blyth, Northumberland, on October 3rd but Eric Armstrong says that will now be an administrative exercise.

Pc Rathband, who was shot twice by Raoul Moat in July 2010, was found dead at his home in February. The 43-year-old father-of-two had recently returned from a trip to Australia where he visited his twin Darren.

"I am told more detailed information is coming and I want people to have the opportunity to study that before the resumed inquest date."

– Eric Armstrong, South Northumberland Coroner


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Commons Tributes to PC David Rathband

At the opening of the monthly session of Home Office questions in the Commons, the Home Secretary paid tribute to the late PC David Rathband.

On the day of his official memorial service in Newcastle (which the Police Minister Nick Herbert is attending), Ms May called him a brave and fine police officer. She added that his death was a huge loss to the Northumbria force.

Police pay tribute to PC Rathband

PC David Rathband Credit: ITV

Former colleagues of PC David Rathband will pay tribute to him today at a special memorial service organised by Northumbria Police.

Hundreds of mourners attended his funeral in the Midlands at the weekend. He grew up in Stafford with his identical twin brother Darren.

The father of two was shot and blinded by Raoul Moat in July 2010. He survived and went on to set up the Blue Light Foundation which supports people in the emergency services injured whilst on duty. And he raised thousands of pounds for the charity, taking part in the London Marathon last year.

He also published a book called Tango 190.

He was found dead at his home in Blyth last month and leaves behind his ex-wife Kath and two teenage children.

This afternoon's service will take place at St Nicholas' Cathedral at 2 o'clock.

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