Message of thanks from Kath Rathband

THE wife of Pc David Rathband has asked to be left in private to grieve with her children following her husbands sudden death last week as she thanked those who have supported her.

In a statement she said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Northumbria Police for the care and support they have given and continue to give to myself, Ash and Mia during this incredibly difficult time.

“I’d also like to thank all the well wishers for their kind words, from which I have gained tremendous strength.

“There is to be a service on Saturday, March 10, at which I will not be present. However, I will be attending my husband David’s funeral service, which will be held in Stafford.

“I will then be taking part in a police memorial service which will be held at 2pm on Monday, March 19, at St Nicholas Cathedral.

“Family, friends and colleagues can gather to celebrate the many happy memories we all have of the twelve years spent as a family in the North East of England.

“In these extremely difficult times for myself and our children, we want to be able to grieve in private and out of the media spotlight and we request that everyone respects this.”