This week, a three-part drama on Raoul Moat‘s crimes, which shocked the UK after he went on a killing spree, will air on ITV. The story will be damning. Two days after getting out of jail, he shot three people in one day and then ran away for over a week.
He hurt his ex-girlfriend badly, killed her new boyfriend, and made a police officer blind.
With the help of two other people, he went to Northumberland and hid in the town of Rothbury for a few days before shooting himself in a final confrontation with the police. His crimes were all over the news in the UK. What happened to Raoul Moat, and who was he? Read on to find out.
Who Was Raoul Moat?
Raoul Moat became famous nationwide when, on July 3, 2010, he went on a horrible killing spree. The 37-year-old was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, where his grandmother mostly raised him and his half-brother Angus.
People say that his mother had bipolar illness and spent much time in hospitals for the mentally ill. Later, Moat worked as a bouncer and a tree cutter and tried to get help from a psychiatrist. Before the attack, Moat and Samantha Stobbart had been together for six years.
They had a 4-year-old daughter together, but while Moat was in prison, trainee hairdresser Stobbart began dating karate teacher Chris Brown.
What Did Raoul Moat Do?
Moat became famous all over the country when, on July 3, 2010, he went on a terrible shooting spree, killing his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend Chris and seriously hurting his ex-girlfriend Samantha.
It led to a huge search for the killer, who was finally found in Rothbury. We’ll tell you more about what happened below.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Moat’s 18-week prison term for assault is over, and he is now free.
Friday, July 3, 2010
Moat finds his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart at her new boyfriend Chris Brown’s house in Birtley, Gateshead.
At about 2:40 a.m., he kills Chris by shooting him just outside the house. Then, he shoots Samantha twice through the front window of the house.
Samantha is taken to the hospital because she is in bad shape. The next day, police said they were investigating whether Moat had anything to do with the killings.
Saturday, July 4, 2010
At 12:45 a.m., Moat shoots PC David Rathband, a police officer who was on duty in East Denton, just west of Newcastle.
The officer is taken to Newcastle General Hospital in serious condition. Later, Northumbria police say the shooting is related to the Birtley inquiry.
That afternoon, the police tell people not to get too close to Moat and say they are actively looking for him.
Monday, July 5, 2010
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is now in charge of the case.
Northumbria Police say that a Durham prison guard told them on the Friday before that Moat planned to “do serious harm to his partner.”
Samantha is no longer said to be in a serious state.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
In the Rothbury area of Northumberland, there is a two-mile “no-go” zone where people are told not to go outside.
In the meantime, Moat sends a letter to the cops with a scary warning and declares war on them.
In the letter The Sun got later, he said that he wouldn’t stop killing “until I’m dead” and that people should be afraid of him.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Police offer a £10,000 prize to anyone who can help them find Moat.
Northumbria Police also gets help from the Police Service of Northern Ireland, which sends 20 armored cars and 40 armed police.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Police say that Moat has made threats against other people, so they are telling everyone to “be careful.”
Later that day, Karl Ness and Qhuram Awan go to court on charges that they helped Moat plan to kill police officers.
Friday, July 9, 2010
People in the Rothbury area say they saw a guy lying on the ground with a gun under his neck.
The man is about 20 feet away from the police, and it turns out that he is Moat.
Police in Northumbria start talking to the man while a cordon is put up around the Cragside Estate in Rothbury.
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Saturday, July 10, 2010
Two stun guns are fired at Moat by police. After a six-hour standoff with cops, Moat shoots himself. At 2:20am, it is sure that he is dead.
March 15, 2011
Two men will spend the rest of their lives in jail because they helped kill Moat.
Karl Ness and Qhuram Awan are found guilty of trying to kill PC David Rathband, plotting to kill him, and stealing from him.
Ness was also found guilty of killing Chris Brown.
Was Raoul Moat Married?
Before the attack, Samantha and Moat had been together for six years.
Even though Moat was still in jail when trainee hairdresser Stobbart started dating karate instructor Brown, the pair had a 4-year-old daughter together.
How Did Raoul Moat know Paul Gascoigne?
Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne showed up to the standoff between Moat and the cops with chicken, lager, and a fishing rod.
Gascoigne said that at the time, he was at his weakest and in the middle of a hard fight with alcoholism. Even though he asked “Where’s Moaty?” when he got there, he later said he had never met the killer.
What Happened To Raoul Moat?
After the cops spent a long time trying to find Moat and sent 160 officers to look for him, they found his car in Rothbury. They told the people in the area to stay inside while they closed in on the wanted criminal.
Once they found Raoul Moat near the River Coquet, they talked with him for six hours straight. Even so, Moat killed himself.
He wrote a 49-page confession in which he said that the bullets meant for Samantha had been changed so that she would live but have scars as a reminder. In 2011, an investigation found that Moat had killed himself, and Northumbria Police were not to blame.
How Did He Die?
A police officer was told by Diane Barnwell, a reporter for The Chronicle, that she had seen him in the quiet town of Rothbury.
Moat was known to the cops, who found him near a riverbank. The Police Service of Northern Ireland sent 20 armored cars, and the Metropolitan Police sent 40 armed police to help the Northumbria Police.
Witnesses said they saw the man lying on the ground with a handgun pointed at his neck. The police tried to stun him with two Tasers, but they didn’t work.
Moat and the police were in a standoff for six hours. On July 10, Moat shot himself and was declared dead. David Mitford, the coroner for Newcastle, said that he was shot in the head, which caused him to die.
Karl Ness and Qhuram Awan, who helped Moat kill police officers, went to court a few days before Moat. They were accused of being “part and parcel” of Moat’s plan to kill police officers.
On Tuesday, the two people were found walking around in the Rothbury area. They were both found guilty of trying to kill PC David Rathband and plotting to kill and steal from him. Ness was found guilty of killing Mr. Brown as well.
Scott Raisbeck, another person who helped Moat, was sentenced to 15 months in prison after he admitted to taking the van Moat used when he hurt Ms. Stobbart and killed Mr. Brown and hid some of the things Moat used.
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