ITV The Hunt for Raoul Moat: who is Raoul Moat, timeline of killer’s shooting spree and how to watch on TV

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It’s been thirteen years since the manhunt for the killer took over the North East.

This Sunday ITV will air The Hunt for Raoul Moat, a drama about the week-long manhunt for the North East killer 13 years on.

In July 2010, Moat shot two people before going on the run and shooting a police officer. The exploit lasted for a week and cost the police over £1.4 million.

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But who was Raoul Moat and what actually happened to make him one of the North East’s most notorious killers?

Who is Raoul Moat?

Raoul Moat was on the run for nearly a week in 2010.Raoul Moat was on the run for nearly a week in 2010.
Raoul Moat was on the run for nearly a week in 2010.

Raoul Moat was a 6ft3 bodybuilding bouncer from Newcastle who, until July 2010, had been serving a 18-week sentence at Durham Prison for assaulting a nine-year-old relative.

Over the course of his life he was arrested 12 times, resulting in charges for seven offences.

On his release from Durham Prison, Moat was hoping to rekindle his relationship with 22-year-old Samantha Stobbart, with whom he shared a child. However, Ms Stobbart claimed she was in a new relationship with a police officer- something that wasn’t true- in order to keep her ex-partner away.

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This fuelled the 37-year-old’s hatred of the police leading him to blame them for his life falling apart.

In reality, Ms Stobbart was in a relationship with 29-year-old karate instructor, Christopher Brown.

JULY 2:  In this handout image released by the Northumbrian Police, A CCTV image shows  fugitive 37 years old Raoul Moat in a Newcastle shop on Friday, July 2 revealing he was wearing an orange t-shirt, dark coloured jeans and white trainers on July 2, 2010 in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, JULY 2:  In this handout image released by the Northumbrian Police, A CCTV image shows  fugitive 37 years old Raoul Moat in a Newcastle shop on Friday, July 2 revealing he was wearing an orange t-shirt, dark coloured jeans and white trainers on July 2, 2010 in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne,
JULY 2: In this handout image released by the Northumbrian Police, A CCTV image shows fugitive 37 years old Raoul Moat in a Newcastle shop on Friday, July 2 revealing he was wearing an orange t-shirt, dark coloured jeans and white trainers on July 2, 2010 in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, | Getty Images

What happened next?

In the early hours of 3rd July 2010, a few days after being released from prison, Moat went to his ex-girlfriend’s house in Birtley with a sawn-off shotgun.

He shot Ms Stobbart in the stomach, leaving her with life changing injuries, and killed Mr Brown.

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Moat later claimed he had heard the pair laughing about him with neighbours hours earlier through an open window.

After the shootings, Moat went on the run triggering a £1.4 million manhunt for the killer by Northumbria Police.

JULY 06: Armed police search a vehicle leaving the village of Rothbury as the search for armed fugitive Raoul Moat goes on in the north-east of the country on July 6, 2010JULY 06: Armed police search a vehicle leaving the village of Rothbury as the search for armed fugitive Raoul Moat goes on in the north-east of the country on July 6, 2010
JULY 06: Armed police search a vehicle leaving the village of Rothbury as the search for armed fugitive Raoul Moat goes on in the north-east of the country on July 6, 2010 | Getty Images

The next day Moat rang the police to warn them he would attack another officer. Hours later, he shot PC David Rathband twice while he was sitting in his patrol car on an A1 round near East Denton.

The officer was blinded in the attack.

The manhunt continued, with sniper teams, armed officers, helicopters, dogs and anti-terrorist vehicles all deployed to help catch the killer.

Armed police can be seen in the woods surrounding Rothbury in the continued search for Raoul Moat, in Rothbury, northeast England on July 7, 2010. British police offered a 10,000-pound (15,000-dollar, 12,000-euro) reward Wednesday for the capture of a fugitive suspected of shooting three people in northeast England.Armed police can be seen in the woods surrounding Rothbury in the continued search for Raoul Moat, in Rothbury, northeast England on July 7, 2010. British police offered a 10,000-pound (15,000-dollar, 12,000-euro) reward Wednesday for the capture of a fugitive suspected of shooting three people in northeast England.
Armed police can be seen in the woods surrounding Rothbury in the continued search for Raoul Moat, in Rothbury, northeast England on July 7, 2010. British police offered a 10,000-pound (15,000-dollar, 12,000-euro) reward Wednesday for the capture of a fugitive suspected of shooting three people in northeast England. | AFP via Getty Images

Police were also posted outside of schools.

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It is said Moat continued to call and gloat to Northumbria Police throughout the following days. He also posted some of his thoughts to Facebook.

Police marksmen lie in the grass during their search for Raoul Moat, on the hills surrounding Rothbury, in northeast England on July 7, 2010.Police marksmen lie in the grass during their search for Raoul Moat, on the hills surrounding Rothbury, in northeast England on July 7, 2010.
Police marksmen lie in the grass during their search for Raoul Moat, on the hills surrounding Rothbury, in northeast England on July 7, 2010. | AFP via Getty Images

Several people were arrested over the course of the week, suspected of helping him.

He was spotted in Seaton Delaval as part of an armed robbery before taking refuge with some accomplices in Rothbury, Northumberland.

 JULY 09:  A man fitting the description of fugitive gunman Raoul Moat is seen as Police negotiate with him on July 9, 2010 in Rothbury, England. JULY 09:  A man fitting the description of fugitive gunman Raoul Moat is seen as Police negotiate with him on July 9, 2010 in Rothbury, England.
JULY 09: A man fitting the description of fugitive gunman Raoul Moat is seen as Police negotiate with him on July 9, 2010 in Rothbury, England. | Getty Images

The law managed to trace Moat there and placed the whole area under a lockdown. Vehicles were searched and police took over the small market town.

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Moat was eventually cornered to a field by the river and endured a six hour standoff with police.

JULY 09:  Police negotiate with a man fitting the description of fugitive gunman Raoul Moat on July 9, 2010 in Rothbury, England.JULY 09:  Police negotiate with a man fitting the description of fugitive gunman Raoul Moat on July 9, 2010 in Rothbury, England.
JULY 09: Police negotiate with a man fitting the description of fugitive gunman Raoul Moat on July 9, 2010 in Rothbury, England. | Getty Images

Famously, footballer Paul Gascoigne showed up at the scene with a fishing rod, chicken and some lager in an attempt to get the killer to surrender. He claimed him and Moat were good friends, a statement that has been retracted since. The Newcastle legend was at the height of his drug addiction at the time.

Negotiations proved futile after six hours, however, and Moat shot himself in the head at 1:10am on July 10.

Moments before, police tasered him in an attempt to stop the suicide.

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ULY 09:  A man fitting the description of fugitive gunman Raoul Moat is seen as Police negotiate with him on July 9, 2010 in Rothbury, England.  ULY 09:  A man fitting the description of fugitive gunman Raoul Moat is seen as Police negotiate with him on July 9, 2010 in Rothbury, England.
ULY 09: A man fitting the description of fugitive gunman Raoul Moat is seen as Police negotiate with him on July 9, 2010 in Rothbury, England. | Getty Images

What will The Hunt for Raoul Moat follow?

Although the three-part dramatisation is set to follow the actions of Raoul Moat, viewers should expect him to feature surprisingly very little.

Instead, the show will focus on the victims, as well as the police and journalists who tried to uncover the truth and trace the killer amidst the sensationalist reporting and social media interference.

Neil Adams, Nisha Roberts and Diane BarnwellNeil Adams, Nisha Roberts and Diane Barnwell
Neil Adams, Nisha Roberts and Diane Barnwell

Online, Moat had a surprising amount of support and this exacerbated police efforts. A Facebook tribute group to the killer amassed more than 30,000 contributions before being taken down.

Lee Ingleby (The A Word) is set to star in the lead role of senior Northumbria police officer Neil Adamson- the real life detective on the Moat case during the manhunt.

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The rest of the cast is made up of Sonya Cassidy (The Last Kingdom), Vineeta Rishi (Holby City), Sally Messham (Doc Martin), Josef Davies (Chernobyl).

Matt Stokoe from Bodyguard will play Raoul Moat.

Writer Kevin Sampson, speaking when the series was announced last year, said: “The hunt for Raoul Moat gripped me from the start, as it was the first such case to be covered ‘live’ by the new 24-hour news channels in the UK. Even then, it interested me that Moat was being portrayed by some as a ‘legend’ in spite of the brutality of his crimes.

“In 2022, violence against women remains rife and is all too often accompanied by a victim-blaming agenda. I hope this drama will go some way to condemning this narrative.”

Viewers should not expect a Gazza cameo either, as executive producer, Jake Lushington, said earlier: “We’ve referred to it , but it’s got nothing to do with the story we’re trying to tell.”

The series will air on Sunday 16th April at 9pm.

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