HERO cop David Rathband came under an astonishing attack yesterday – from his own MUM.
The Northumbria Police officer, who became a symbol of bravery after he was shot and blinded by maniac gunman Raoul Moat, is at the centre of a bitter family feud.
Mum Marilyn, 67, accuses him of being an “arrogant pig” after he portrayed her as a gambling, violent child-beater in his book Tango 190.
She and her son, 43, have not spoken in nine years after she described his wife Kath, 41, as “no good for him”.
Pride of Britain winner David writes: “Mostly I remember the time I spent as a kid with my mother was largely in a bingo hall watching her pump her wages in slot machines. It seemed to me she was fixated by money.”
He goes on: “One time during an argument she grabbed some loose panelling from around the door and started attacking me with it. She would be locked up for that nowadays.”
Marilyn has now launched an extraordinary counter attack on her hero son from the home she shares with his dad Keith, 69, in Cyprus.
She said: “A lot of people who know me who will not believe what he has written. But there are others who will, and I have to put that right.
“He is an arrogant pig and has been since he was in his teens. He is not going to get away with what he said.
“I blame him for our fall out. It was down to him, he pulled away from us. I have been in bits, and my husband has gone through a terrible time.”
Marilyn denied she had a gambling problem when David was growing up, and said she had never “neglected any of her children”.
Marilyn flew to the UK when David was shot and blinded last July but he refused her visit. He wrote: “I wasn’t allowing her a way back in. They said Kath was no good for me and look at her now. She was right by my side.”
Marilyn raged: “He does not reply, even via Facebook. I just want the truth to come out. I cannot speak to him personally so he will read it in a newspaper. It is a matter of deep regret.”
David’s spokesman Robin Palmer said: “This is his story and he stands by what is written. There is no love lost there whatsoever.”
Mum at war with blinded hero cop David Rathband.