A new ITV documentary will shed new light on the biggest manhunt the UK has ever seen.
It’s been ten years since Raoul Moat shot and wounded his ex partner, killed her new boyfriend and blinded a police officer before going on the run.
The 47-year-old managed to hide out for a week before a team of more than 160 officers tracked down to Riverside, Rothbury.
A six hour stand stand off ensued before Moat eventually shot himself with a sawn-off shotgun.
Before his shooting spree, Moat had been released from Durham Prison following an 18 week sentence for assault.
Two days after he walked free, the former bouncer took to Facebook to post a series of messages that gave insight into his frenzied state of mind.
The ex con ranted about ‘losing’ everything and said his ex Samantha Stobbart wasn’t the ‘woman he thought she was’ after learning she’d moved on with someone else.
Hours before he showed up at her house he ranted:
Friday 11.21am Just got out the slammer to a totally f* life.
11.32am Lost my business. Kids to s services. Gonna lose my home and lost my mrs of nearly 6 years to a copper. Like they havent f****d my life enough over the years.
11.37am Well she aint the lassy I thought she was. Cant win the kids, as police have f****d me over there too.
11.44am Mate this ones a hard knock. Its that whole rebuilding life from scratch thing. I aint 21 anymore.
11.54am Fg strange how someone youve spent so long and treasured can turn on you like a pitbull. If Id f* of with someone else id feel pretty s**y and definately twist the knife etc this ones a double hard knock.
12.22pm yea when its over its all a pile of chaos. How did a guy who had it all end up in this situation.
12.30pm Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, so if a lass can really love you and treat you right, then they can also swing the complete oppposite way eventually.
Shortly after hitting publish on his final post, Moat turned up at Samantha’s house where he shot and killed her new partner Chris Brown at close range.
He then fired more shots through the living room, blasting Samantha in the arm and abdomen.
Moat fled the scene and the following day approached Police Constable David Rathband, who was sitting in his patrol car, and shot him causing injuries to his head and upper body.
Some 50 minutes after the shooting, Moat called police to taunt them about what he had done.
They urged him to hand himself in but Maout refused, sparking a huge manhunt.
A year after the story gripped the nation, ITV will look back over the events as part of a new documentary
Presented by journalist and Long Lost Family host Nicky Campbell,Manhunt: The Raoul Moat Story, will feature interviews with police officers who led the hunt for Moat, as well as family members, witnesses and journalists who covered the hunt as it unfolded.