Pc Rathband honoured in moving service

Pc David Rathband
Pc David Rathband
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THE police officer blinded by gunman Raoul Moat was among those honoured in a memorial service.

Tributes were paid to Pc David Rathband at the National Police Memorial Day at York Minster yesterday.

The father-of-two, who was blinded when he was shot by Moat while sitting in his patrol car above the A1 in Newcastle two years ago, died earlier this year.

After the shooting, Pc Rathband set up The Bluelamp Foundation, to help members of the emergency services who had been injured in the line of duty.

But he struggled to come to terms with his disability and was found dead at home in Blyth, Northumberland, in February.

Hundreds of police officers and families from across the country gathered to remember those who had died in the last year, including Pcs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone, killed when they attended a report of a burglary in Manchester two weeks ago.

Home Secretary Theresa May read a prayer during the service, as did Emma Barker, daughter of Pc Bill Barker, who lost his life when a bridge was washed away during flooding in Workington, Cumbria, three years ago.

White petals were dropped from the roof of the minster as the orchestra played Abide with Me and a trumpeter played The Last Post.