Blinded Pc arrested for assault

Police officer David Rathband
Police officer David Rathband
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SHOT Pc David Rathband has been arrested after an alleged assault took place in his home.

The blinded Pc, who started with Northumbria Police as a Sunderland officer, was arrested on Tuesday night and later allowed to return home after the alleged attack.

Sharron Ashurst, spokeswoman for the Blue Lamp Foundation, said he had been taken into custody for his “own safety” but refused to say who was in the Cramlington home he shares with his wife Kath and two teenage children at the time.

She also denied the Pc, who was blinded when crazed gunman Raoul Moat went on the rampage, had been involved in an assault of any kind.

She said: “We have no comment to make regarding this alleged arrest other than no allegations were made or are being made by any person concerning David Rathband’s conduct.

“The family are understandably still coming to terms with the huge impact and changes to their lives as a result of the serious injuries sustained by David whilst on duty and they therefore request that their privacy is respected during this difficult time.”

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “At 11.51pm on Tuesday, police were called to a report of an assault at a residential address in Lyndale in Cramlington.

“Officers attended and a 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault. Enquiries are ongoing.”

Pc Rathband was blinded when he was shot by Moat in Newcastle in July last year just hours after Moat shot his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and killed her boyfriend Chris Brown.