This is deeply sad news of the loss of a very brave police office - Yvette Cooper

Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the news that PC David Rathband has died, said:

 "This is deeply sad news of the loss of a very brave police officer. My thoughts are with PC David Rathband's family, friends and colleagues at Northumbria Police.

 "PC Rathband showed extraordinary bravery and determination both during the horrific events in the summer of 2010, and afterwards in overcoming the attack to set up his charity to help others.

 "The work of the Blue Lamp Foundation David Rathband set up is immensely important and stands as tribute to him. We should never underestimate the risks the emergency services take to protect the public and the debt we owe those who put their own lives on the line to keep us safe."