PC David Rathband's Inquest Postponed
18 September 2012, 12:06
An inquest into the death of Pc David Rathband, who was found hanging at his home, has been delayed after the coroner received more information.
A hearing was due to be held in Blyth, Northumberland, on October 3rd but Coroner Eric Armstrong said it will now be an administrative exercise at which interested parties can discuss the issues.
He confirmed he has received more information about the officer's death and believes more is to come.
Pc Rathband, who was shot twice by Raoul Moat in July 2010, was found dead at his home in February.
The 43-year-old father-of-two had recently returned from a trip to Australia where he visited his twin Darren.
South Northumberland Coroner Mr Armstrong said:
"I am told more detailed information is coming and I want people to have the opportunity to study that before the resumed inquest date.''
Mr Armstrong said the "purely administrative'' hearing would be closed to the press and public, ahead of the resumed inquest which will be held in the open.