Police join forces for shot officer

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A POLICE officer shot and blinded by a killer Raoul Moat was the guest of honour at a fundraising dinner organised by South Yorkshire officers.

PC David Rathband from Northumbria Police and his wife Kath attended the dinner at Baldwin’s Omega in Sheffield, staged to raise money for his Blue Lamp Foundation.

PC Rathband was blinded when he was shot in the face in 2010 by Raoul Moat, who later turned the gun on himself.

The gunman, who had just been released from prison, shot and injured his ex-partner Sam Stobart and killed her new lover Chris Brown, then fired at PC Rathband who was on duty in a patrol car.

Following his ordeal, PC Rathband, who spent three weeks in hospital, set up a charity to help emergency services workers killed or injured at work.

Sgt Clive Collings, from Moss Way police station and his colleagues decided to organise the fundraising dinner after hearing of his plight.

Among the guests were South Yorkshire Police chief constable Med Hughes and former Home Secretary David Blunkett MP.

Clive said: “It was inspiring to meet David and Kath, they were both really lovely.

“It was a fantastic evening. There were 230 people there and everyone seemed to really enjoy it. We raised in excess of £10,000.”

Among items auctioned off were an RAF flight from Prince William’s base at Anglesey, a Euro 96 shirt signed by former England captain Alan Shearer, a round of golf with former England cricketer Michael Vaughan, a Mercedes for the weekend and recording session at Red Tape Studios.

The evening also included a silent auction of 70 items and a 200- prize raffle.

Clive, who organised the ball with the help of 12 officers on his team at Moss Way including Rachel Drabble, said: “They are a great team and I’m incredibly proud of them.”