Raoul Moat is a notorious killer and Britain’s most wanted fugitive murderer. He was said to have escaped after opening a shooting spree that left two people injured and one person killed on the spot. Moat was also known to be a former bouncer and doorman based in Newcastle Britain.
He was born in the year 1983 and he is 37 years as at the time of writing this article in 2023.
Moat became a topic of discussion among netizens after he engaged in a shooting that shocked the whole nation. A shooting that was aimed at killing his girlfriend.
Raoul Moat was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. And was raised by his grandmother alongside his half-brother who his name was said to be Angus. Growing up as a kid he lived most of his life in the city before he left. His mother was reportedly rumored to have suffered from bipolar disorder and spent a year in mental hospitals. Later, Moat worked as a bouncer and tree surgeon and attempted to get psychiatric help himself.
Raoul had a girlfriend whose name was reportedly said to be Samantha Stobbart. They both had been in the relationship for six years before the event occurred. The couple had a four-year-old daughter together, Samantha was a trainee hairdresser. She started dating another man named Chris Brown when Moat was jailed for assault. Chris was a karate instructor before he died.
There was no reasonable information about Moat’s parents or whether they were still alive or dead. According to reliable sources, Moat was left with his grandmother at a tender age, And like we’ve pointed out before, he was raised by his grandmother alongside his half-brother.
What did Raoul Moat do?
According to the sun news, Moat gained national notoriety when he embarked on a horrific shooting spree on July 3, 2010, killing his former girlfriend’s partner Chris and severely injuring ex-Samantha.
It prompted a huge manhunt for the killer, who police eventually located in Rothbury – we recount the events below.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Moat is released from prison after serving an 18-week sentence for assault.
Friday, July 3, 2010
Moat tracks down ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart to a house in Birtley, Gateshead, where she is staying with new partner Chris Brown.
He fatally shoots Chris just outside the house at around 2.40am, before shooting at Samantha twice through the front window of the property.
Samantha is taken to hospital in a serious condition.
The next day, police announced they are investigating Moat’s connection to the shootings.
Saturday, July 4, 2010
Moat shoots on-duty police officer PC David Rathband in East Denton, just west of Newcastle at 12.45am.
The officer is taken to Newcastle General Hospital in critical condition, and Northumbria police later announce the shooting is linked to the Birtley inquiry.
That afternoon, the force warns the public not to approach Moat and says they are actively tracking him.
Monday, July 5, 2010
The case is referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Northumbria Police say that they were warned the previous Friday by a Durham prison officer that Moat intended to “cause serious harm to his partner”.
Samantha is said to no longer be in a critical condition.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
A two-mile exclusion zone is set up in the Rothbury area of Northumberland, where residents are advised against going outside.
Meanwhile, Moat issues a chilling warning in a letter to the police, declaring war on them.
In the letter later obtained by The Sun, he promises not to stop his rampage “until I’m dead” and said “The public need to fear me”.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Police offer a £10k reward for anyone that can come forward with information on Moat.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland also sends 20 armored cars to help Northumbria Police, while the Metropolitan Police provide 40 armed officers.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Police say that Moat has made threats to the wider public, and urge people to “be vigilant”.
Later that day, Karl Ness and Qhuram Awan appear in court, accused of aiding in Moat’s conspiracy to kill policemen.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Local witnesses in the Rothbury area report seeing a man lying on the ground with a shotgun pressed under his neck.
Police get around 20ft from the man – who was later confirmed to be Moat.
A cordon is set up in the area of Cragside Estate in Rothbury, as Northumbria police begin negotiations with the man.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Cops fire two stun guns at Moat. Moat later shoots himself following a six-hour stand-off with police.
He was confirmed dead at 2.20am.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
An inquest into Moat’s shooting rampage begins.
Newcastle coroner David Mitford confirms that Moat died of a gunshot wound to the head.
March 15, 2011
Two men are sentenced to life in prison for their role in aiding Moat’s killing.
Karl Ness and Qhuram Awan are found guilty of the attempted murder of PC David Rathband, conspiracy to murder, and robbery.
Ness was also convicted of Chris Brown’s murder.
How did Raoul Moat know Paul Gascoigne?
Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne turned up to the stand-off between Moat and the police with chicken, lager, and a fishing rod.
Gascoigne said at the time he was at his most vulnerable and involved in a grueling battle with alcohol addiction.
Despite asking “Where’s Moaty?” when arriving at the scene, he later admitted that he had never met the killer.
What happened to Raoul Moat?
After the extensive manhunt to find Moat where police deployed 160 officers to the search, they managed to locate his car in Rothbury.
They told residents to stay indoors as they closed the net on the wanted criminal.
Once they located Raoul Moat near the River Coquet, an intense six-hour period of negotiation took place.
Despite this, Moat shot himself.
He had written a 49-page confession revealing that cartridges earmarked for Samantha had been doctored so she would survive, but live with memento scars.
Following an inquest in 2011, Moat’s death was ruled a suicide and it was found that Northumbria Police had not been at fault.
When does The Hunt for Raoul Moat start?
The first episode will air Sunday, April 16, 2023, at 9 pm.
There will be two further episodes in the three-part drama which will be shown on Monday, April 17, 2023, and Tuesday, April 18, 2023, both at 9 pm also.
On Friday 9th July, seven days after maiming the mother of his child and killing her lover, Moat emerged from the woods surrounding the town of Rothbury holding his sawn-off shotgun. Police surrounded him. By this time, a search of Moat’s house had revealed he’d written six suicide notes to friends, associates, and social services. One of the notes was to Samantha. It read: “Sam, I can’t go on without you. I love you so much and miss you very, very much…maybe now you’ll see just how much.” There was even a noose in the loft.
The police were determined to stop him from ending his life by making one of their officers shoot, a technique known as ‘suicide by cop’. An experimental non-approved Taser shotgun, the X12, was authorized for use. It was hoped that it would disable Moat before he could either shoot himself or others.
When police challenged him on the riverside, Moat dropped to the ground and began alternating between holding the gun to his throat and head. He believed it was the end, that that moment was almost inevitable, and that most are indifferent to his demise. Moat had never known his father. But in those final hours, his real father made himself known to the police. Peter Blake, 68, said he would talk, for the first time, to his son. But in the following six hours, after making a careful risk assessment, the police decided not to bring him forward. They feared Moat would not believe Peter to be his real father, but someone sent him to talk him down. Moat asked to see Samantha Stobbart. This similarly was considered too risky.
In another bizarre element to the story, former international football star and recovering alcoholic Paul Gascoigne came forward to try and talk to Moat: “I’ve brought him a fishing rod, some chicken, and a six-pack and got in the back of a taxi with it all…I guarantee Moaty won’t shoot me. I am good friends with him.” At 10:22 pm, police stopped Gascoigne at the cordon. He later said he was unaware of the severity of Moat’s crimes and that he wasn’t sure if he did know Moat after all.
At 11:30 pm food and water were brought to the killer. Just after 1 am, the rain started to fall. For the armed officers, there was respite as exhausted police were replaced by a fresh rotation. For Moat, there was no such relief. His statements to police become increasingly fatalistic: “It ends in this field tonight.”
On Saturday, after a six-hour standoff, at about 1.15 am, Moat raised his shotgun from under his chin to the right side of his head. Police interpreted this as an attempt to commit suicide. They fired two of the experimental Taser guns. One hit him on the arm but the other missed. Moat was not incapacitated and repositioned the gun to the side of his head.
“He heard a long bang and saw a red cloud exit the side of Raoul Moat’s head. He saw him fall backwards into the long grass.” PC Worgan’s witness statement to Independent Police Complaints Commission
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