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Man in court accused of aiding Moat

A man charged with helping fugitive gunman Raoul Moat has appeared before a crown court judge.

Scott Raisbeck, 30, of Grebe Close, Blyth, Northumberland, is charged with hiding evidence and perverting the course of justice by concealing a van and removing evidence from it.

Raisbeck entered no pleas to the charges against him during the 10-minute hearing before Judge John Milford at Newcastle Crown Court and was released on unconditional bail.

Prosecutor Kingsley Hyland said Raisbeck was alleged to have helped two men accused of helping Moat during his rampage this summer.

Mr Hyland said: "These offences arise out of the activities of Raoul Moat, Karl Ness and Qhuram Awan in early July this year. It is alleged that by his actions he directly assisted Karl Ness and in so doing indirectly assisted Qhuram Awan and Raoul Moat."

A provisional date for trial was fixed for May 9 next year and the trial is expected to last for 10 days.

Ness, 26, from Dudley, North Tyneside, and Awan, 23, from Blyth, Northumberland, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder and possessing a firearm with intent and will face trial in January.

Mr Hyland said the prosecution had thousands of pages of evidence concerning the Raoul Moat shootings to sift through.

The former doorman went on the run after shooting his ex-lover Sam Stobbart and killing her new boyfriend Chris Brown in Birtley, Tyneside, in July. While at large, he blinded Pc David Rathband by blasting him in the face.

Moat, 37, escaped capture for a week before he was cornered in Rothbury, where he shot himself after a six-hour stand-off.

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