Man arrested in Raoul Moat investigation

A man has been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences in connection with the Raoul Moat investigation, police said today.

The man, 23, who has not been charged, is the 16th person to be arrested in connection with the case. It follows the arrests of five men last week.

Two men, aged 28 and 36, were arrested in the Newcastle area on suspicion of assisting an offender, on Thursday. They were later released on police bail, pending further inquiries.

Northumbria Police arrested three men, aged 27, 34 and 45, at two addresses in Newcastle and one in Wallsend, on the same charges on Wednesday. They have also been bailed.

So far only two people have been charged in relation to the inquiry.

Karl Ness and Qhuram Awan appeared at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on July 8 charged with conspiracy to commit murder and possessing a firearm with intent.

Ness, 26, from Dudley in North Tyneside, and Awan, 23, from Blyth in Northumberland, were remanded in custody to appear before Newcastle Crown Court later this month.


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