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Policeman blinded by Moat splits with wife

By Dave Higgens

The police officer blinded by gunman Raoul Moat is to live separately from his wife and family, his spokeswoman has said.

In a statement, father-of-two Pc David Rathband said he still loves his wife Kath and their separation "is purely for David's rehabilitation and so that he can ultimately continue to support his family".

He said the move has nothing to do with his recent arrest on suspicion of assault.

The statement said: "As part of David's continued rehabilitation and so that he can come to terms with his horrific injuries and learn to live independently, he is starting a rehabilitation programme on Monday which means he will be living separately from Kath and his family.

"This decision is in no way connected to David's arrest and no formal allegations have been made and both David and Kath consider this matter closed."

Pc Rathband was arrested last month after officers were called to an incident at his home in Cramlington, Northumberland. He was understood to have been released shortly after police arrived at his home.

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