THE family of Pc David Rathband have called for police to be armed following the murder of two female officers.
Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes were lured to their deaths when they answered a call to a suspected burglary in Greater Manchester.
As they entered the property, the gunman opened fire and hurled a grenade at the pair.
Pc Rathband was shot and left for dead by gunman Raoul Moat in July 2010.
Darren Rathband, the North East officer’s twin brother, formerly of Staffordshire Police who now serves in South Australia, said: “How many officers need to die before the powers realise that it is the 21st century and you cannot fight crime with an outdated piece of plastic and a bit of spray?”
Pc Rathband, who was blinded by Moat, was found hanged in his home earlier this year.
His son, Ash, said: “It’s time for police to be armed in my opinion. Yet again another awful incident.”
Before shooting the officer, Moat had shot and injured his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, 22, and killed her boyfriend, 29-year-old Chris Brown.
Sharron Ashurst, of the Blue Lamp Foundation, set up by David Rathband to help injured emergency services personnel and their families, said: “These latest events are sadly another reminder of the dangers that our emergency services heroes sometimes have to face.”
Pc Bone, 32, and Pc Hughes, 23, arrived at the house to attend what they believed was a routine call, but instead were gunned down.
Pc Bone died at the scene and Pc Hughes a short time later in hospital from her injuries.
Shortly after the killings, Dale Cregan, wanted for the killing of a father and son, went to a police station and was arrested on suspicion of murder.
Sir Peter Fahy, the chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, said: “It would appear that Cregan has done this in an act of cold-blooded murder. This is one of the darkest days in the history of Greater Manchester Police, if not for the police service overall, because we have lost two deeply loved and valued colleagues.”