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Officer blinded by killer Moat is found dead

THE policeman who was shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat has been found dead at his home.

The body of David Rathband was discovered by police at his home in Blyth, Northumberland, last night after officers received a report of concern for his welfare.

He was declared dead at the scene, Northumbria Police said.


A police spokesman said: "At around 7pm officers received a report of concern for the welfare of PC David Rathband at his home in Blyth. Officers attended the scene alongside the ambulance service and he was found inside. He was declared dead at the scene."

The 44-year-old officer was shot twice on July 4, 2010 as he sat unarmed in his patrol car.

PC Rathband, who joined the Northumbria force in 2000, lost vision in both eyes after being shot at close range during the manhunt for fugitive Moat, who shot and injured his former partner Sam Stobbart and killed her new boyfriend, Chris Brown.

Hailed for his charity work in the wake of his injuries, PC Rathband announced on Twitter in November that he and his wife Kath were separating permanently.

In September, just before the start of the inquest into Moat's death, PC Rathband issued a statement saying he was to "live separately from his wife and family".

PC Rathband was arrested in August last year after officers were called to an incident at his home in Cramlington, Northumberland.