Daughter of Pc Rathband will take his place in Olympic torch relay

Pc  David Rathband with his daughter Mia Rathband
Pc David Rathband with his daughter Mia Rathband
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THE daughter of Pc David Rathband will take her dad’s place in carrying the Olympic torch next month.

Thirteen-year-old Mia will carry the iconic flame through Whitburn on June 16, it has been revealed.

Pc Rathband, who began his police career in Sunderland, was left blinded when he was shot by gunman Raoul Moat in July 2010 as he sat in his patrol car in Newcastle.

Despite his disability, the officer fought to rebuild his life and set up a charity, the Blue Lamp Foundation, which helps emergency services personnel injured in the line of duty.

On February 29 this year, Pc Rathband was found hanged in his home in Blyth, Northumberland, after concerns were raised about his safety.

He had been nominated to carry the Olympic torch in the North East.

Sharron Ashurst, from the Blue Lamp Foundation, confirmed that Mia will be carrying the torch in Whitburn in place of her father.

Pc Rathband was also due to bear the torch in the Olympic Park itself, having notched up an impressive post-injury track record as a runner.

But, on Twitter, his son Ashley revealed that the duties had now been passed to Mia.