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Man jailed for lying to Moat police

A man who lied to police hunting shotgun maniac Raoul Moat and tried to hide a van he had used has been jailed for 15 months.

Scott Raisbeck, 31, also removed crucial evidence from the Ford Transit he had lent to Moat's accomplice, Karl Ness, and stored them in his garage

He was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court after earlier admitting perverting the course of justice and handling stolen goods.

Mr Justice Coulson told him: "There is a civic duty upon everyone to help bring criminals to justice and that is particularly acute when innocent people have been killed and maimed."

He added: "You decided that, rather than tell the police about what you knew, you attempted to lie and deceive them."

Last July, Moat and Ness travelled in Raisbeck's van from Newcastle to Birtley, Gateshead, where the former bouncer executed his love rival, Chris Brown, and shot his ex-girlfriend, Samantha Stobbart.

The van, which was stolen, had been passed on to Ness so he could sell it. Ness, looking "distraught", returned it to Raisbeck after the shootings, saying he had been unable to find a buyer. When, days later, police arrived at Raisbeck's home in Glebe Close, Blyth, Northumberland, he fled.

He was arrested later and claimed he had no white van and did not know Ness. By then, the judge said Raisbeck must have known the vehicle had been used in the shootings.

Detectives swiftly saw through the lies and he later told them he had dumped the van outside a derelict property in Blyth and dropped the keys down a drain. The prosecution accepted that Raisbeck had not provided the van to Ness knowing it would be used in Moat's rampage.

Raisbeck said he was scared to tell the truth immediately because the van was "dodgy" and he had some cannabis plants growing in his loft. Christopher Knox, defending, said his client did not know Ness well, adding: "This defendant never knew or met Moat." Raisbeck, he said, "very much regrets his involvement" in the case.

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