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Police urge gunman to hand himself in

A MAN suspected of carrying out a triple shooting was yesterday urged by police to give himself up as a huge manhunt entered its third day.

Officers in Northumbria are searching for Raoul Thomas Moat, 37, who is suspected of critically injuring his former partner, killing her boyfriend, and wounding a police officer.

He was released from prison on Thursday after serving a short sentence for assault.

At a press conference in North Tyneside yesterday Detective Chief Superintendent Neil Adamson told Moat: “This must stop now.”

Police also named the man shot dead as Chris Brown, 29, who recently moved from Slough in Berkshire to the Gateshead area.

Moat’s former partner, Samantha Stobbart, 22, is in a critical condition in hospital after the attack in Birtley, Gateshead, in the early hours of Saturday.

It is thought Stobbart was inside a house in the Scafell area when she was shot through the living room window.

Moments later Brown is believed to have left the house, only to be struck down around 50 metres from the front door.

Less than 24 hours later, a man detectives identified as Moat was linked to the shooting in East Denton, Newcastle, in which 42-year-old PC David Rathband was seriously hurt after suffering gunshot wounds to the face and chest area.

Police said PC Rathband, married with two children and with 10 years on the force, was carrying out a “static patrol” on a roundabout when he was attacked. He is in a “critical but stable” condition at Newcastle General Hospital, officers said.

Speaking at the conference, Det Chief Supt Adamson said Moat had made contact with the police around the time of the third shooting.

Appealing to Moat, he said: “Yesterday you contacted the police and it is clear that you believe certain things to be true which I would like to clarify with you now.

“You have told us that the police are not taking youseriously. We are. I want you to know that you have our full attention, innocent people have been hurt. This must stop now.

“You believe that Sam was having an affair with a Northumbria Police officer. Sam has told us this is not true. Our inquiries have verified this.”

He said he knew Moat was concerned for the well-being of his three children. “For their sake, this has to stop now,” he said.

“These are not the memories that your children need to have of their father.

“Enough people have been hurt. You need to make contact with us now.”

To help: call 03456 043043 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.


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