Touching goodbye for Pc Rathband

David Rathband was blinded when he was shot by gunman Raoul Moat
David Rathband was blinded when he was shot by gunman Raoul Moat
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AN emotional cathedral service for former Sunderland police officer and Raoul Moat victim Pc David Rathband, took place at the weekend.

The officer’s twin brother, Darren Rathband, told the congregation gathered at St Nicholas’s Cathedral in Newcastle, it was “time to take my brother home”.

Darren Rathband drove the hearse from the Cathedral to their native Staffordshire, having earlier booked his brother out from Etal Lane police station – formally finishing the shift he never completed.

Pc Rathband’s children Mia, 13, and Ashley, 19, were at the cathedral, along with actor Tim Healy, Northumbria Police chief constable Sue Sim, police minister Nick Herbert, members of the emergency services, and hundreds of members of the North East public who took the Midlander to their hearts.

He was shot and blinded while unarmed in his patrol car in July 2010 by gunman Raoul Moat.

He was found hanging at his home in Blyth, Northumberland, on February 29.

Six pallbearers from the police, fire and ambulance service carried his coffin through the cathedral.

In a heart-breaking speech, his twin said: “I have lost half of me. You don’t get over it, you just get through it.

“Every day grief puts on a new face.”