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Scott Raisbeck jailed for helping gunman Raoul Moat

Scott Raisbeck
Image caption Scott Raisbeck had pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice

A Northumberland man has been jailed for helping gunman Raoul Moat by hiding evidence.

Scott Raisbeck removed the van Moat used when he shot his ex-girlfriend and killed her new partner. He also hid some of the items from it.

The 31-year-old of Glebe Close, Blyth, had earlier pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and handling stolen goods.

The judge at Newcastle Crown Court sentenced him to 15 months in prison.

Raisbeck had said he had been scared to tell the truth about the van because it was "dodgy", and he had some cannabis plants growing in his loft.

'Civic duty'

In March, two other men, Karl Ness and Qhuram Awan, were jailed for life for helping Moat in July last year.

Christopher Knox, defending, said his client did not know Ness well, and "very much regrets his involvement" in the case.

Mr Justice Coulson said: "There is a civic duty upon everyone to help bring criminals to justice and that is particularly acute when innocent people have been killed and maimed.

"You decided that, rather than tell the police about what you knew, you attempted to lie and deceive them."

During his rampage, Moat's former girlfriend Samantha Stobbart was seriously injured and karate instructor Chris Brown was killed.

Moat also shot Pc David Rathband in the face, leaving him blind.

Following the shootings 37-year-old Moat went on the run for a week, sparking a major manhunt, and then shot himself in Rothbury, Northumberland.

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