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Man in court accused hiding Raoul Moat case evidence

A man accused of hiding evidence during the police operation against gunman Raoul Moat has appeared in court.

Scott Raisbeck is charged with perverting the course of justice and assisting an offender by hiding a van and removing evidence from it.

The 30-year-old of Grebe Close, Blyth, Northumberland, entered no plea when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court.

Moat shot three people, killing one of them, on 3 July. Mr Raisbeck was bailed and a trial date set for 9 May.

He was granted unconditional bail.

Possessing firearm

Moat shot his former girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, 22, killed her boyfriend Chris Brown and blinded Pc David Rathband by shooting him in the face.

He was on the run for a week before being traced to Rothbury, Northumberland, where he shot himself dead during a six-hour stand-off with police on 10 July.

Two other men accused of assisting Moat are due to stand trial in January.

Karl Ness, 26, from Dudley, North Tyneside, and Qhuram Awan, 23, from Blyth, Northumberland, are each charged with conspiracy to commit murder and possessing a firearm with intent.

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