Raoul Moat’s alleged accomplices have appeared in court, charged with conspiracy to commit murder and possessing a firearm with intent.

It was originally believed that Karl Ness and Qhuram Awan were Moat’s hostages during his time on the run earlier this month.

However prosecutors now believe that Ness was with Moat when he shot his former girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and killed her new boyfriend Chris Brown.

Ness and Awan are both thought to have been with Moat when he shot PC David Rathband as he sat in his car.

Moat’s suspected accomplices entered no plea while appearing via video link in court today.

It has also emerged that Moat may have had more helpers as he went on his killing spree. Prosecutor Kingsley Hyland, said there was “a real possibility of further defendants” appearing alongside the two accused at any subsequent trial.

Meanwhile, it has been reveled that TV survival expert Ray Mears was brought in to help find Moat when he went into hiding.

The bushcraft pro, who has a BBC2 show, advised police after they found Moat’s abandoned camp.

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