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Sunday 21 September 2014

Date set for Raoul Moat's funeral

The funeral of Raoul Moat will be held next week, sources have said

The funeral of fugitive gunman Raoul Moat will be held next week, sources have said.

It will be held on Monday at the West Road Crematorium, Newcastle, less than a mile from his house in Fenham Hall Drive.

Sources said police will have some involvement in marshalling media access to the event.

His family has previously said Moat would be cremated to avoid ghouls paying homage to the ex-bouncer, who declared war on police.

The father-of-three shot himself in the head following a six-hour stand-off with police in Rothbury, Northumberland, on July 10.

The 37-year-old had been on the run for a week having shot his ex-lover Sam Stobbart in Birtley, Gateshead, and killed her new boyfriend Chris Brown, then a day later blasted unarmed Pc David Rathband in Newcastle.

An initial post-mortem examination carried out the day after Moat died on the banks of the River Coquet found the cause of death to be a gunshot wound consistent with the sawn-off shotgun the former doorman had been carrying.

But after seeing Moat's body for themselves and hearing that police marksmen fired Tasers at around the same time as he died, the family was left with unanswered questions.

They paid £600 for a second post-mortem examination which was carried out last week.

Meanwhile, the funeral of Chris Brown, who was shot dead by Moat, will take place in his home town next week. The service is being held in Slough, Berkshire, on August 6.

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