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Inquest to open into gunman Moat's death

The inquest into gunman Raoul Moat's death is due to open, as the mother of the man he murdered criticised police for failing to protect her son.

Chris Brown's mother said officers should have warned the 29-year-old karate instructor they had received intelligence from Durham Prison suggesting his life was in danger.

Moat, a steroid-addicted former nightclub doorman, was released from prison on July 1 after serving a short sentence for assault.

A day later he shot his former girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, 22, and killed Mr Brown at a house in Birtley, near Chester-le-Street, County Durham.

He then shot police officer David Rathband, and then sparked one of Britain's biggest manhunts.

His last stand came in the early hours of Saturday when a six-hour stand-off with police ended as he blasted himself in the head with a shotgun in Rothbury, Northumberland.

As police continued their search of the area where Moat died, a number of bizarre tributes were left to the father-of-three at the scene and also outside his home in Newcastle.

One such tribute among nearly 50 bouquets placed outside his home said: "We have all the good memories of growing up together and the fun times. They don't say about the real Raoul Moat. A good mate, a good dad, good at school, well mannered, hard working businessman. That's the real Raoul Moat."

Another handwritten card read: "RIP Raoul. We know you did some bad things but you didn't deserve to die, as everyone has rights."

The inquest into Moat's death will be opened and adjourned by coroner David Mitford in Newcastle on Tuesday afternoon.

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