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Funeral service for gunman Raoul Moat in Newcastle

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Media captionAngus Moat addresses the press after his brother Raoul's funeral

The funeral has taken place of gunman Raoul Moat, who shot his former girlfriend and killed her new partner, then went on to shoot and blind a police officer.

About 120 mourners were at the West Road Crematorium, Newcastle. Moat's brother was one of the pallbearers.

After the service, which lasted about 20 minutes, family members inspected bouquets laid out on the grass outside.

Moat, 37, shot himself in Rothbury on 10 July after a six-hour stand-off.

Among the tributes, one had a card reading: "Raoul, this didn't have to end like this. Sleep tight bruv, until later, Angus."

Moat, a father of three, had been released from Durham Prison on 1 July after serving a sentence for assault.

Tasers fired

Two days later he shot his former girlfriend Samantha Stobbart at a house in the Scafell area of Birtley, Gateshead.

Her new boyfriend Chris Brown was shot and killed when he went outside.

The following night, Pc David Rathband was shot through the window of his car in East Denton, near Newcastle.

The 42-year-old father of two was blinded in the attack.

A post-mortem examination found the cause of Moat's death was a wound from a sawn-off shotgun.

But his family subsequently paid for a second examination following the disclosure that police had fired Tasers at Moat.

The results of those tests have not yet been revealed.

Northumbria police have so far arrested 21 people in connection with the Moat inquiry.

Two men have appeared at Newcastle Crown Court charged with conspiracy to murder and possessing a firearm with intent.

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