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Date set for killer Moat's funeral

The funeral of gunman Raoul Moat will be held on Monday, sources have revealed.

The service will take place at the West Road Crematorium, Newcastle, less than a mile from his house in Fenham Hall Drive.

Sources said police will have some involvement in marshalling media access to the event.

His family have said Moat would be cremated to avoid ghouls paying homage to the ex-bouncer, who declared war on police.

The father-of-three shot himself in the head following a six-hour stand-off with police in Rothbury, Northumberland, on July 10.

The 37-year-old had been on the run for a week having shot his ex-lover Sam Stobbart and killed her new boyfriend Chris Brown, then a day later blasted unarmed Pc David Rathband in Newcastle.



Questions

An initial post-mortem examination carried out the day after Moat died found the cause of death to be a gunshot wound consistent with the sawn-off shotgun the former doorman was carrying.

But after seeing Moat's body for themselves and hearing that police marksmen fired Tasers at around the same time as he died, the family was left with unanswered questions.

They paid £600 for a second post-mortem examination which was carried out last week.

A statement about its findings may be released in a fortnight.

Meanwhile, the funeral of Moat's victim Chris Brown will take place in his Berkshire home town next week.

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