Pair in court for assisting Moat
Two men have appeared in court accused of helping killer gunman Raoul Moat during his seven days on the run.
Karl Ness, 26, and Qhuram Awan, 23, did not enter pleas during the brief hearing at Newcastle Crown Court, where they were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and possessing a firearm with intent.
The pair, who police initially feared were being held hostage by Moat, are alleged to have been with the former bouncer when he shot Chris Brown dead and wounded Samantha Stobbart at her home in Birtley, near Chester-le-Street.
They are accused of obtaining a sawn-off shotgun for Moat before he was released from prison, and providing supplies as he hid out in Rothbury, Northumberland.
Moat, 37, died after a six-hour stand-off on the banks of the River Coquet.
Ness, of Dudley, North Tyneside, and Awan, of Blyth, Northumberland, will stand trial on January 24. They were further remanded in custody.
Ness, bearded and with shaved ginger hair, sat with his tattooed arms folded. Awan, wearing a black T-shirt, sat apart from his co-accused, separated from him by three security guards.
In all, 20 people have been arrested on suspicion of assisting Moat.