Moat brother 'pleaded with police'
Raoul Moat's half brother made a desperate bid to save his life - despite the gunman's vow to "take the shoot-out" rather than return to jail.
Angus Moat, who shares the same mother but has a different father to Raoul Moat, told an inquest he pleaded with police to be allowed to speak to his brother on the night he died.
He wanted to tell the former nightclub doorman to surrender for the sake of his children, and that there were people who loved him.
The tax officer, 41, knew Moat had read reports in which his mother had claimed he would be "better off dead", and said he wanted to persuade the fugitive a life sentence would be "better than death".
He claimed it was a mistake he was not allowed to intervene beside expert police negotiators.
He told the inquest at Newcastle Crown Court: "I'd have told him to think of his kids. Raoul thought everybody in his own family was against him and I wanted to show him that was not the case.
"I thought if I could speak to him it could change the way he was feeling and the way he would act. Raoul responded to aggression and threat, but he also responded to kindness and friendship."
Cross examining for Northumbria Police, John Beggs asked whether Angus Moat's comments were "born principally of guilt" that he'd had no close contact with his brother for almost eight years.
He replied: "Not principally. It is a factor, but not principally."
The inquest, which is expected to last five weeks, will focus on the events in Rothbury on July 9 and 10, when Moat was found. There will be questions about weapons used, how police managed the incident, how officers dealt with the dead man and how he acted, the jury was told.