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Nearly two years after Raoul Moat's deadly rampage, blinded victim PC David Rathband took his own life at his home in Blyth, Northumberland.

The police officer was shot at close range on a roundabout above the A1 in July 2010. Against all odds, PC Rathband survived the attack, playing dead after he was blasted in the face and shoulder. The father-of-two lost his sight when 200 shotgun pellets entered his face and skull, leaving him with horrific injuries that would haunt him until his final moment. But despite the horrors inflicted on PC Rathband by the deranged Moat, he vowed to move on. Sadly he was found dead in his home.

Tyneside hardman Paddy Conroy told us he was taking a lie detector test in a bid to clear his name. The convicted criminal served 11 years for the torture of Billy Collier, but has always pleaded his innocence.

In March he vowed to "clean up the Conroy image" by revealing all to trained investigators who will analyse his responses to questions over his criminal past.

Long lost sisters Jenny Lucas and Helen Edwards were reunited after Jenny turned DIY detective to seek out the sister she lived without for 55 years. Jenny enjoyed a privileged upbringing in Jesmond, Newcastle, which saw her rise to become the Women's Open Golf Champion, while sister Helen grew up suffering at the hands of a violent father. Now, the sisters are in the process of getting a book of their journey to discovering each other published, under the working title Daughters of Deceit. …