David Rathband’s family ask police chiefs not to attend funeral

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THE funeral of Pc David Rathband will take place tomorrow in Staffordshire.

Northumbria Police Chief Constable Sue Sim had intended to be present at the funeral for the officer shot and blinded by Raoul Moat.

However, Pc Rathband’s family has requested that no senior officers attend the funeral, in order to allow the family and close friends to grieve privately.

Mrs Sim said she respects the family’s wishes and will not be present at the funeral.

She said her thoughts, and those of the force, will be with Pc Rathband’s family and friends tomorrow.

Former colleagues of the officer, who spent part of his career based in Sunderland, will attend. Mrs Sim will lead the force memorial service on Monday, at St Nicholas’ Cathedral, Newcastle.