HERO cop David Rathband came under an astonishing attack yesterday â€“ 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 â€œarrogant pigâ€ 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 â€œno good for himâ€.
Pride of Britain winner David writes: â€œMostly 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.â€
He goes on: â€œOne time during an Âargument she grabbed some loose panelling from around the door and started attacking me with it. She would be locked up for that nowadays.â€
Marilyn has now launched an Âextraordinary counter attack on her hero son from the home she shares with his dad Keith, 69, in Cyprus.
She said: â€œA 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.
â€œHe is an arrogant pig and has been since he was in his teens. He is not going to get away with what he said.
â€œI 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.â€
Marilyn denied she had a gambling problem when David was growing up, and said she had never â€œneglected any of her childrenâ€.
Marilyn flew to the UK when David was shot and blinded last July but he refused her visit. He wrote: â€œI wasnâ€™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.â€
Marilyn raged: â€œHe 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.â€
Davidâ€™s spokesman Robin Palmer said: â€œThis is his story and he stands by what is written. There is no love lost there whatsoever.â€
Mum at war with blinded hero cop David Rathband.