Chief Constable pays tribute to David Rathband

Chief Constable of Northumbria Police Sue Sim.

Chief Constable of Northumbria Police Sue Sim.

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THE Chief Constable of Northumbria Police, Sue Sim, has paid tribute to Pc David Rathband who was found dead in his home on Wednesday evening.

The officer, who was shot and blinded during Raoul Moat’s gun rampage in July 2010 was found at his Blyth home at around 7pm.

Chief Constable Sue Sim said: “I am deeply saddened to have to confirm the death tonight of PC David Rathband and my thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

“In July 2010 his life changed for ever when he was shot and blinded by Raoul Moat.

“David showed outstanding bravery in what was a terrifying situation.

“He was a dedicated officer who acted in the best traditions of the police service.”