Tyne & Wear

PC David Rathband's widow at police memorial service

The widow of PC David Rathband was joined by hundreds of mourners at a memorial service to remember the life of the former police officer.

Kath Rathband attended the service at St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle with her children Ashley, 19, and Mia, 13.

She was embraced by chief constable Sue Sim before the pair walked hand-in-hand past an honour guard of more than 70 uniformed officers.

The service was organised by Northumbria Police.

It was a chance for PC Rathband's friends and comrades within the force to pay their last respects.

PC Rathband, 44, who was shot by gunman Raoul Moat in 2010, hanged himself at his home in Blyth, Northumberland, on February 29.

Home Secretary Theresa May paid tribute to PC Rathband in the House of Commons.

She said: "I had the privilege of meeting PC David Rathband and he was a brave and fine police officer and he is a huge loss to the police service and to his local community.

"I am sure that the whole House will want to join me in sending our condolences to his family."

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