Blinded Pc gets in shape ready to be marathon man

BLINDED police officer David Rathband completed the Blyth Valley 10k Road Race on Sunday as part of his training for this year’s London Marathon.

The Cramlington dad, left blind for life after being shot in the face by fugitive killer Raoul Moat last July, was linked by a strap to his running partner Steve White as he ran.

The 43-year-old said: “I was nervous, but I’m chuffed I wasn’t last.”

Pc Rathband is taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday, April 17, to raise money for the Blue Lamp Foundation, the charity he set up to raise money for members of the emergency services injured in the line of duty.

n A woman who allegedly made a shooting gesture and shouted ‘bang bang’ at Pc Rathband while he was attending the trial of two of Moat’s accomplices at Newcastle Crown Court has been charged with disorderly conduct.

Kelsey Donkin, 22, of Sunderland, will appear before Newcastle magistrates on Thursday, April 21.