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News round up: PC Rathband found dead at home

Linda Debrah | 10:57 UK time, Friday, 2 March 2012

The untimely death of PC David Rathband has dominated the news this week.

Concerns were raised about the blinded officer's mental state after he posted a series of worrying messages on his Twitter account. Northumberland police had been in contact with PC Rathband and were reassured by him that he was OK.

He was found dead at his home on Wednesday.

On 4 July 2010, the PC was shot twice by Raoul Moat as he was sitting, unarmed, in his patrol car in Newcastle.

PC Rathband lost his sight and was fitted with prosthetic eyes but struggled to come to terms with his disability.

He was hailed for his charity work in the wake of his injuries and started the Blue Lamp Foundation to help emergency service staff injured in the line of duty.

Elsewhere in the news

Welfare Reform Bill passes final House of Lords hurdle - BBC News

Child mental health: Government invests £22m - BBC News

Less than half of hospitals and care homes for people with learning disabilities meet national standards - The Independent

'We can't bear to tell her': How cruel terminal condition will slowly rob five-year-old Evie of the ability to speak and trap her in a paralysed body - but leave her mind untouched - The Daily Mail

London 2012: Paralympic torch unveiled on landmark day - BBC News

Postnatal mental health unit at Bootham Park Hospital in York to remain closed - BBC News

Mentally ill 'at high risk of being victim of violence' - BBC News

Tandem bike ride for Radio 4 presenter and listener - BBC News

'Bright future' in spite of bipolar disorder and alcoholism - BBC News

Consultation on brain technologies from medicine to warfare - BBC News

Deaf and Blind man's Gold Award - BBC News

It's wonderful that others see what we see in her': Parents share joy as five-year-old girl with Down's Syndrome becomes child model - The Daily Mail


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