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PC David Rathband's inquest is delayed

PC David Rathband
Image caption PC Rathband set up the Blue Lamp Foundation to support injured members of the emergency services

An inquest into the death of PC David Rathband has been delayed, a coroner has confirmed.

PC Rathband, 43, was found dead at his home in Blyth on 29 February.

A hearing was due to take place on 3 October but coroner Eric Armstrong said new information had come to light and more was still likely to emerge.

The officer was blinded when he was shot twice by fugitive Raoul Moat in July 2010 as he sat in his patrol car in Newcastle.

'Administrative'

South Northumberland Coroner Mr Armstrong said: "I am told more detailed information is coming and I want people to have the opportunity to study that before the resumed inquest date."

The 3 October hearing in Blyth will now be "purely administrative", Mr Armstrong added, with a full inquest date to be announced.

At the time of PC Rathband's death, Northumbria Police said no one else was involved.

Before shooting the officer, Moat had shot and injured his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, 22, and killed her boyfriend 29-year-old Chris Brown.

Moat shot himself in Rothbury, Northumberland, during a standoff with police at the end of a week-long manhunt.

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