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Raoul Moat asked social workers for psychiatric help, tapes disclose

Raoul Moat repeatedly urged social workers to get him psychiatric help before launching his one-man “war” against police, it has emerged.

 

Secret recordings, made by Moat of his meetings with social services show how he recognised he was “emotionally unstable” and needed help.

But although a psychiatric assessment was carried out, examining his “aggressive behaviour”, to determine child custody issues, no treatment was recommended.

The recordings, obtained by ITV News, are bound to raise fresh questions over whether opportunities were missed to prevent his violence.

They also show how Moat openly spoke of his love of the Northumberland village of Rothbury, where he could “get away from the police”.

Moat spent a week on the run hiding in and around the village before he was finally cornered on the banks of the River Coquet for a six-hour armed standoff.

The recordings emerged as David Cameron condemned expressions of public sympathy for Moat, 37, who he described as a “callous murderer”.

Thousands of people have joined internet tribute groups to Moat after he shot himself dead. Both his home and the scene of his death in Rothbury have become unlikely shrines with dozens of floral bouquets.

Moat went on the run after killing his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart's new lover Chris Brown, 29, and seriously injuring her.

The following day he shot Pc David Rathband, 42, a traffic officer, with a sawn-off shotgun, blinding him.

He was gripped by the mistaken belief that Miss Stobbart had left him for a policeman. Minutes before he shoot Pc Rathband he rang 999 to announce that he was “declaring war” on Northumbria Police.

The tapes, given to ITV News by a friend of Moat’s, show that such was his distrust of authorities that he constantly wired himself up with a hidden microphone and recorded his meetings with police and social services.

He set up CCTV around his home in Fenham, Newcastle, because of his suspicions of the police and complained that they were constantly “on my back”.

At one meeting in August last year he is heard telling social workers: “You know, it’s easy for me to say I don’t do anything wrong but I would like a professional, you know, not a DIY thing you know?

“A professional thing for someone to come along and say: 'Look there's area for improvement here, this is a problem'.”

At another meeting, nine months ago, he spoke of plans to go for an extended stay in Rothbury, where his family had a caravan when he was a child.

He singles out the area around the river as his favourite and discloses that a friend had offered to let him live in a caravan there, close to the spot where he was finally cornered last Friday.

The black Lexus car which Moat used after the attack on Pc Rathband was discovered in an industrial estate adjoining the caravan park and he set up a makeshift campsite about 300 yards along the riverbank.

It is not known if he used a caravan after his campsite was found.

At a meeting on Oct 1 last year he spoke of going to “live” in a caravan in Rothbury and adds: “I do not want the police stirring the ---- up there like they do everywhere else.”

A spokesman for Newcastle City Council said that a psychiatric report had been carried out on Moat but that it had been part of confidential family court proceedings and could not have been disclosed.

“Newcastle City Council has had extensive contact with Raoul Moat in connection with two of his children,” he said.

“Newcastle City Council did commission a report from a psychologist that examined the possibility that the children might live with Mr Moat.

“This report did not recommend any treatment, but examined Mr Moat’s aggressive behaviour on the safety and wellbeing of the children."

He added: “It didn’t recommend any treatment because it wasn’t about Mr Moat, it was about the safety of the children.”

 
 
The 'Drain hatch'  in Rothbury, yards from where gunman Raoul Moat killed himself
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