Raoul Moat Hunt: Police Facing More Questions

Northumbria police faced fresh questions over their handling of the hunt for Raoul Moat today after it emerged they failed to intercept him hours after he is suspected of shooting a police officer. Andy McAllister, Moat's friend, told how the suspected killer visited him at 11.30pm on Saturday night, 21 hours after he was suspected of shooting his former girlfriend, Samantha Stobbart and of killing her new boyfriend Chris Brown. Police questioned McAllister most of Sunday – the day PC David Rathband was shot – and then Moat returned to see him for a second time at 1.30am on Monday morning. McAllister said he was surprised Northumbria police had failed to mount a surveillance operation at his house in anticipation that he might return. "[Moat] told me to contact the police and I rang straight away," McAllister told the Sun newspaper, having handed it a letter at Moat's request. "It took more than an hour for them to arrive despite me ringing three or four times. They knew he had been to
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