Tyne & Wear

Anger as Raoul Moat's ashes scattered near Rothbury

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

People in Rothbury have spoken of their anger and disappointment after the ashes of Raoul Moat were scattered by his family in a river near the town.

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.

People said the town's hopes for recovery had been set back yet again.

'Very disappointed'

It is believed Moat's ashes were scattered in the River Coquet upstream from Rothbury.

Chairman of Rothbury Parish Council Peter Dawson said people were "very angry and very disappointed".

He said: "I think everybody did expect it to happen, but we sincerely hoped that there would have been a bit of common sense shown over this."

He said he understood the feelings of Moat's family, but that there should have been consideration for the residents.

"We seem to have taken three paces forward and we have taken about 20 back with this happening and I think it's really sad that the family has done this, I really do," he said.

'Bitter taste'

County councillor for Rothbury and Coquetdale Steven Bridgett said he was angry that there was an attempt to make it into some kind of memorial.

He said: "I think it's leaving a bit of a bitter taste in a lot of residents' mouths.

"I think a lot of people respect that they [the family] needed to mourn, but they could have done it discreetly and quietly but have chosen not to."

Businesswoman Jackie Sewell said the main feeling was one of disappointment that the ashes had been scattered there.

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith said: "People in Rothbury, who had an armed man who had already shot three people threatening their village for several days, feel very unhappy and do not welcome the way in which some people are trying to turn Moat into a cult figure.

"There are concerns that the scattering of his ashes locally is another unwelcome reminder when the community wants to move on."

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