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Pc blinded by Moat to run marathon

The police officer blinded when he was shot by Raoul Moat has started training to run the London Marathon.

Pc David Rathband, 42, said he is taking part in the 26-mile event in April to raise cash for the charity he has set up - The Blue Lamp Foundation.

The charity is aiming to raise £1 million in three years to help members of the emergency services who are injured on duty.

Pc Rathband is hoping his London Marathon run will bring in at least £10,000 in sponsorship.

He is running with another officer, Pc Gareth Rees, from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, who was seriously injured when he was hit by a car in 2008, and two supporters.

One of those who will be running with Pc Rathband, Robin Palmer, said his training is already under way.

He said the disappearance of the heavy snow in the North East has helped with preparations, especially as the injured officer has struggled to balance on indoor treadmills.

"He's stubborn and he will do it," Mr Palmer said.

Pc Rathband was blinded when fugitive Moat shot him in the face as he sat in his police car at a roundabout in the East Denton area of Newcastle on July 4.

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