Mother of Moat victim criticises police

THE mother of the man murdered by gunman Raoul Moat attacked police yesterday for not “keeping an eye” on her son.

Chris Brown’s mother said officers should have warned the 29-year-old karate instructor they had received intelligence from Durham Prison suggesting his life was in danger.

Moat was released from prison on July 1 after serving a short sentence for assault.

A day later he shot his former girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, 22, and killed Brown at a house in Birtley, Co Durham.

Stobbart, in an apparent attempt to protect herself from Moat, had told him she was dating a police officer.

This enraged the father- of-three — who held numerous grudges against the police — and could have sparked his rampage.

After he killed Brown and then shot PC David Rathband, Moat, 37 fled Newcastle sparking one of the biggest manhunts in British history.

The search centred around the remote town of Rothbury, 50 kilometres north of Newcastle, when police found a car Moat had been using.

His last stand came on Saturday when a six-hour stand-off with police ended as he blasted himself in the head with a shotgun.

Speaking from her home in Slough, Berkshire, Sally Brown said yesterday: “They could have warned him. They could have been keeping an eye on him.”

She also criticised Stobbart for telling Moat she was dating a Northumbria Police officer.

“When he came out and they had that warning, whoever got that warning should have taken it further,” she said.

“And, yes, I blame them but I also blame Samantha because Samantha knew what this man was like, she knew what this man was capable of, yet she put my son up front.

“Why tell him my son was a policeman? Why do that? Why goad the man?

“She knew what he was capable of. Why do it? And, yeah, I blame her.”

She was also critical of the growing number of tributes that had been left for Moat at his home and at the spot where he died.

“I don’t understand now, for some reason, why he is being praised and seen as some hero. It’s wrong.”

Yesterday, PC Rathband, who was shot in the face and chest by Moat as he sat in his police patrol car at a roundabout joining the A1 and A69 in East Denton, Newcastle, in the early hours of July 4, said he bore “no malice” towards him.

The 42-year-old married father-of-two said: “I bear no malice towards the man who shot me but now wish to move on with my life.

“I am acutely aware of the impact events have had on many people and my thoughts are with them all, particularly the family of Chris Brown.

“My injuries are life-changing. It will require significant adjustments in the future in all aspects of my life.

“I enjoy my job as a police officer and I am totally committed to serving the public.”


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