Pc David Rathband family's in court battle over Raoul Moat shooting

Pc David Rathband was shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat in July 2010.

His family believe he was "left out in harm's way" - and took civil action against Northumbria Police at the High Court sitting in Newcastle.

The force have since changed procedures to ensure nothing like this happens again - but Rathband's family feel the force let "David down".

The family ultimately were unsuccessful in their negligence claim. Northumbria Police have yet to comment.

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Northumbria Police respond to Rathband ruling

David Rathband

We are content with the Judge’s response to the actions of the police commander that night.

"This has been a sad and difficult case for all concerned. It was a tragic incident which occurred five and a half years ago and our thoughts have always been with David and his immediate family.

"The Judge has stated that Moat was a "resourceful and determined criminal and David Rathband was desperately unlucky to be the victim of his cruelty and hatred."

Moat's actions created an unprecedented situation for Northumbria Police but the Judge has recognised that operational officers have to make high pressure, complex decisions in tight time scales and in doing so they must focus not only on officer safety but on the safety and welfare of the public.

"To protect the public was the primary role of the police commander that night.

"The Judge, following detailed scrutiny of the events of that night, over a two week period, has stated that it was emphatically clear that PC Rathband had not been let down by Northumbria Police.

"We continue to wish David's family the best for the future and David will always remain in the heart of Northumbria Police."

– Chief Constable Steve Ashman

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