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Moat funeral set to take place

The funeral of gunman Raoul Moat is due to take place.

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

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

It was believed that his ashes will be scattered at a secret location.

The 37-year-old father-of-three shot himself in the head following a six-hour stand-off with police in Rothbury, Northumberland, on July 10.

He had been on the run for a week having shot his ex-lover Sam Stobbart in Birtley, Gateshead, 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 the father of three 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 was 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, the results of which may be released in a statement next week.


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