BLINDED policeman David Rathband’s daughter wore a blindfold as she carried the Olympic Torch.
The traffic officer, who was shot by gunman Raoul Moat in 2010, was selected to run a leg with the flame but was found hanged at his home in Blyth, Northumberland, in February.
But instead his daughter Mia, 13, was handed the flame in Whitburn, South Tyneside, on the Gateshead to Durham leg of its tour around Britain on Saturday.
The 43-year-old officer’s widow Kath said: “It should have been David lifting the Olympic Torch but it is a huge honour for Mia. It’s something that she felt really passionate about.
“It means so much to Mia and the family that she has been given this opportunity to carry the Olympic Torch in her dad’s place. It was a great honour for David to be nominated as a torch bearer by so many people and to be selected.
“I know he would be very proud to see his Mia carry the torch on his behalf.”