Pc Rathband's estranged wife joins hundreds of mourners


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Hundreds of mourners gathered in Stafford for the funeral of Pc David Rathband, who was shot and blinded by the gunman Raoul Moat in 2010.

The service opened with the Monty Python song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life", chosen, the family said, because "it encapsulates David's own optimistic outlook". His twin brother, Darren, recalled the pair's last encounter in Australia. "He was a shattered man; he looked so tired and frail, and the scars were so clearly visible," he said. The PR consultant Max Clifford, representing Rathband's estranged wife Kath, said she was at the service, despite requests from the family for her not to attend.