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Hunt on for Tyneside gunsman


Sync

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Rothybury has been ground to a halt for the last 2 days as a manhunt for Raoul Moat. He "Declared war" on the Northumbria police force in a 49 page written letter, and has apparently shot his ex-girlfriend, murdered her partner and shot a policeofficer.

The news at the moment is that he got out of prison on July the first, then went to kill his former girlfriend. So he shoots her through a window. Her boyfriend then attempts to flee, leaving her. Moat shoots and kills him, then shoots a policeman. His hatred for the police apparently comes from his time incarcerated and his girlfriend telling him she was leaving him for a policeman (a lie).

An astonishing story.

BBC News - Armed police seal off town in hunt for Tyneside gunman
 

Grumpy Jack

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Sure why would people in Ireland be interested in such mundane events over there in England...?
 

Jesus Wept

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Raoul Moat

Fascinating story, isn't it? Can one maniac with a gun really bring all of Britain to a seeming standstill? And what happens if the cops don't catch him? How long do they stay scouring the Northumbrian moors?
 

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Police searched a house yesterday and it seems they left live amunition in a room of that house, i think the police will have a lot of questions to answer after all this,
it must be frightening for the people in the area, but which area is the question i am not so sure.
 

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Too bad he didn't break the speed limit or missed a tax return. He would have been arrested within an hour.

But to walk casually and calmly around the North of England with a rifle randomly shooting people? Nay bother.
 

Santos

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Haven't been following it that closely but he surely must have escaped the area the police were searching hasn't he? I mean hundreds of police officers have been 'closing the net' for the last couple of days? Obviously there is a lot of land to cover but you would think there would have been some sight of him at this stage.
 

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Fascinating indeed . Its kinda weird too , how the media is wrapped up in it so much , afterall there are hundreds of murderers on the loose in the UK and a fair few here also . I know he shot a cop , but still , there are even bigger nuts than him, just strolling about the place.
 
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I'd say the "temporary" chief constable's career will be made or broken on the back of this.
 

eoghanacht

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A shootout at dawn, sooner or later they'll catch him, just how many poor sods will the nut take with him is the question.
 

Santos

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Fascinating indeed . Its kinda a weird too , how the media is wrapped up in it so much , afterall there are hundreds of murderers on the loose in the UK and a fair few here also . I know he shot a cop , but still , there are even bigger nuts than him, just strolling about the place.
I suppose the coverage is so extreme because it's not too often you see the police looking for a 'madman' in a wooded area for days....The skynews coverage seems to recently be going closer and closer to the american style of reporting doesn't it? With Kay Burley and others anchoring the show live from the area.
 

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he must of being watching bear grylls ha
Y'know the more i see of your posts the happier i am that your joining the british army. Sad little boy
 

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There's a few things I find interesting about this

The UK police go to great lenghts to word their press statements so as to not piss the guy off and try to draw him in. Then Sky News go and butcher what the cops said and probably aggravate the guy beyond belief.

He may be dead. He could have topped himself with the gun in a pile of scrub.

I can't figure why trained bloodhounds can't track him from the known campsite to wherever he is now.
 

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There's a few things I find interesting about this

The UK police go to great lenghts to word their press statements so as to not piss the guy off and try to draw him in. Then Sky News go and butcher what the cops said and probably aggravate the guy beyond belief.

He may be dead. He could have topped himself with the gun in a pile of scrub.

I can't figure why trained bloodhounds can't track him from the known campsite to wherever he is now.
Why do they need dogs when they have GPS and satellite surveillance equipment? And it's not just the regular British Bobbies who are after him - they've drafted in 'specialists' from NI and the SAS. Unbelievable that he can give them the run around for so long.
 

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I think it shows the myriad of 'cop shows' on sky and ITV are pure fantasy . Whatever happened to that 'magic helicopter gizmo' they use for catching joy riders ?
 

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Why do they need dogs when they have GPS and satellite surveillance equipment?
Think about that. GPS is only useful in this case if Mr. Moat is carrying a GPS receiver and the Cops can access the same receiver.

Have you ever misplaced your Sat-Nav ?

And it's not just the regular British Bobbies who are after him - they've drafted in 'specialists' from NI and the SAS. Unbelievable that he can give them the run around for so long.
I don't find it unbelieveable. The nights are easily surviveable and so long as he has access to water, he could go without food for at least 2-3 weeks. He could cover 10 miles per day on foot through fields no bother, use roads at night and sleep in scrub by day.

I'd be shocked if he's still in Rothenbury or wherever...
 

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There's a few things I find interesting about this

The UK police go to great lenghts to word their press statements so as to not piss the guy off and try to draw him in. Then Sky News go and butcher what the cops said and probably aggravate the guy beyond belief.

He may be dead. He could have topped himself with the gun in a pile of scrub.

I can't figure why trained bloodhounds can't track him from the known campsite to wherever he is now.
Theres more to this than meets the eye, I suspect.

Apparently he has two 'associates', very unusual for a crime of passion.
Secondly he has evaded police for quite some time, to the extent that they (apparently) need specialist (read:army) support and hi tech equipment and 20 armoured landrovers(!)
This is clearly not a raging-nutter-running-from-a-crime-of-passion situation.
Wonder does he have a military background to warrant such attention?
 
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