Tyne & Wear

Raoul Moat victim PC David Rathband arrested

PC David Rathband
Image caption PC Rathband was shot by Moat as he sat in his patrol car

The policeman blinded by gunman Raoul Moat has been arrested on suspicion of an assault at his home.

PC David Rathband, 43, was held on suspicion of carrying out an attack at his home in Cramlington, Northumberland, on Tuesday night.

A police source told the BBC that he was later allowed home pending further inquiries because he had complained of feeling unwell.

Mr Rathband was shot by Moat as he sat in his patrol car on 3 July 2010.

Samantha Stobbart, Moat's ex-girlfriend, was shot by the gunman, who killed her new boyfriend before shooting himself after a manhunt.

Last year Mr Rathband, who is married and has two teenage children, set up the Blue Lamp Foundation, a charity offering help to injured members of the emergency services.

A charity spokesman said: "We have no comment to make.

"The family are understandably still coming to terms with the huge impact and changes to their lives as a result of the serious injuries sustained by David whilst on duty and they therefore request that their privacy is respected during this difficult time."

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