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Raoul Moat's ashes scattered in river near Rothbury

Raoul Moat
Image caption Moat shot himself on the banks of the River Coquet in Rothbury

Gunman Raoul Moat's ashes have been scattered by his family in a river near where he spent his final hours.

The former nightclub bouncer went on the run after shooting his former girlfriend, her new partner - who died - and a police officer.

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

A source close to the family told news agency PA that his ashes were scattered some five miles upstream from Rothbury.

Only close family members, including his brother Angus and his uncle Charlie Alexander, were at the private ceremony, the source said.

Moat's funeral service was held at a crematorium in Newcastle on 2 August, and was attended by about 120 mourners.

The 37-year-old had been released from Durham Prison on 1 July after serving a sentence for assault.

Two days later he shot his former girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, 22, at a house in the Scafell area of Birtley, Gateshead.

Her new boyfriend Chris Brown, 29, 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.

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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