Tyne & Wear

Attempted murder charges in Raoul Moat shootings case

Raoul Moat
Image caption Raoul Moat went on the run for a week after the shootings

Two men accused of helping gunman Raoul Moat have denied attempting to murder the police officer shot and blinded by the former bouncer.

Karl Ness, 26, and Qhuram Awan, 23, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court to face a number of fresh charges.

Mr Ness also denied murdering Chris Brown, who was the partner of Moat's former girlfriend.

Both Mr Ness and Mr Awan also face charges of conspiracy to murder, possessing a firearm and robbery.

Moat died after a six-hour stand-off in Rothbury, Northumberland, in July.

He had gone on the run after shooting his former girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, killing her new boyfriend, and blinding Pc David Rathband by shooting him in the face.

Ness, of Brookside in Dudley, North Tyneside, and Awan, of Rowley Street in Blyth, Northumberland, will face trial on 31 January.

Both men were remanded in custody.

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