A North-East regional daily is providing readers with live coverage of the Raoul Moat inquest via Twitter.
Newcastle Evening Chronicle reporter Alastair Craig is tweeting updates every few minutes on the evidence being given into the killer’s death at Newcastle Crown Court.
Multimedia editor at the Chronicle, Colin George, said he believed they were generating news from the inquest faster than any other media outlet.
The inquest is expected to last four weeks and the live tweets are also being published on the newspaper’s website.
Raoul Moat, from Newcastle, went on the run for a week after shooting dead karate instructor Chris Brown, 29, and maiming his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, 22, in July last year.
While on the run the gunman shot and blinded Northumbria Police traffic officer PC David Rathband, before shooting himself in the head following a six hour stand-off with police, during which he was fired at with Taser guns.
Said Colin: “We asked the coroner’s office and they were against us doing it so we are doing it in shifts with a reporter coming out of the court to Tweet.
“We are far ahead of PA, Sky, and the BBC, they hardly seem to be doing anything on it at all.
“I knew it was such a massive event for us. It was a very difficult time when we broke the news originally that there had been a shooting. It was 7am and we broke it online.”
In one Tweet, Alastair describes how the coroner had told the jury to dismiss everything they had read in the press about the former nightclub doorman.
He also tells that the two police men who shot at the murderer will give evidence later this week but their identity will be protected because they are in the most important anti-crime unit in the North East.
The jury will decide whether Taser rounds fired from experimental weapons may have caused Raoul Moat’s death.
Alastair reported that the coroner had reiterated to the jury that ‘Moat is not on trial here. We are establishing how he came to die’.
Follow the live updates here.