Pc David Rathband's family lose negligence claim against Northumbria Police


The family of Pc David Rathband have lost their High Court negligence claim against the shot policeman's employer Northumbria Police.

The late traffic policeman was blasted twice and left for dead by gunman Raoul Moat just minutes after the maniac had phoned 999 to say he was hunting for police.

His siblings brought the claim, saying if senior officers had warned Pc Rathband, he would not have been sat stationary in his patrol car on a prominent Newcastle roundabout above the A1.

But Mr Justice Males, sitting at the Moot Hall in Newcastle, ruled that the claim has failed.

He said the claimants must also pay the force's costs, with an interim payment of £100,000 due within 21 days.