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Raoul Moat in stand-off with police holding gun to his head

Raoul Moat has been found in Rothbury and is holding a gun to his head in a stand-off with armed police.

 
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Armed police train their weapons on fugitive gunman Raoul Moat in Rothbury
Armed police train their weapons on fugitive gunman Raoul Moat in Rothbury Photo: GETTY
A man fitting the description of fugitive gunman Raoul Moat
A man fitting the description of fugitive gunman Raoul Moat can be seen in a field in Rothbury Photo: GETTY
Police team surround Raoul Moat
Police team surround Raoul Moat Photo: SKY
Police officers push back members of the public and media in Rothbury
Police officers push back members of the public and media in Rothbury, Northumberland as a major operation got under way in the search for fugitive Raoul Moat. Photo: PA
Police officers and vehicles in Rothbury
Police officers and vehicles in Rothbury, Northumberland as a major operation got under way in the search for fugitive Raoul Moat. Photo: PA
Police search for Raoul Moat in Rothbury
Raoul Moat has been found in Rothbury Photo: PA
In pictures: Police hunt for gunman Raoul Moat from Newcastle
Camping equipment believed to have been used by Raoul Moat has been found near Rothbury. The images show a duvet, tent and sleeping bag and were found in a secluded area of woodland Photo: PA

Moat, 37, was tracked down to Riverside in Rothbury, where eyewitnesses said police negotiators are talking to him as he sits on the ground cradling his shotgun.

Police snipers have surrounded Moat, who surfaced near allotments where a man fitting his description was seen on Thursday night.

Chief Superintendent Mark Dennett, the area commander, issued an urgent warning at 7.37pm for residents to stay indoors for their own safety.

Moat has managed to evade police for seven days after shooting his ex-girlfriend last Saturday morning and killing her new boyfriend. He shot and wounded an unarmed police officer 24 hours later.

Locals said the police activity was centred on allotments near the town centre where a man fitting Moat's description was spotted on Thursday night.

As armed police swamped the area an ambulance arrived and made its way to the river side.

Juliette Ballantyne, from Whitton View, said she had seen snipers down by the river.

Mrs Ballantyne, who lives to the east of Rothbury town centre, said: "I am nervous. My mother in law lives nearby. I hope she's okay."

Retired taxi driver Dave Murray, 67, of Knocklaw, said Moat appeared to have been chased through the village and was heading east before being cornered at the primary school tennis courts and bowling green.

He said: "There is nowhere for him to go, the river is on one side and this road and all the police on the other."

 
 
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