Hundreds attend memorial for late PC Rathband

Hundreds attend memorial for late PC Rathband

Hundreds of people gathered to honour the life of blinded Pc David Rathband at a cathedral service in Britain today.

Among the mourners at St Nicholas’ Cathedral, Newcastle, were Policing Minister Nick Herbert, actor Tim Healy and Northumbria Police chief constable Sue Sim.

The officer’s children Mia, 13, and Ashley, 19, were seated at the front of the historic church.

Six pallbearers from the police, fire and ambulance service carried his coffin through the cathedral.

His twin Darren, who organised the service as a celebration of Pc Rathband’s life, wept as he placed a hand on the coffin, which was draped in a union flag, covered with lilies and his police cap.

The traffic officer was shot while sitting unarmed in his patrol car on July 4, 2010 by maniac Raoul Moat.

Pc Rathband was found hanged at his home in Blyth, Northumberland, on February 29.

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