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Byline: Tom Wilkinson

POLICE hunting fugitive gunman Raoul Moat have dropped off letters for him with friends, it emerged.

The five paragraph letters addressed to him simply as "Raoul" attempt to entice him to make contact with officers by saying they will give him a full update on the condition of his ex-lover Samantha Stobbart, who he shot on Saturday after blasting her new boyfriend Chris Brown.

They have been left with known associates of the burly steroid abuser across Tyneside.

The letter, from the force's "Alarm Section", reads: "Raoul. Early on Sunday morning you contacted us on two occasions by dialling 999 and told us about what you had done and why you did these things.

"You told us how angry you were and you also told us that you were sorry that Sam had been so seriously hurt.

"We want you to contact us again as soon as you are able so we can discuss these things with you and provide you with a full update on how Sam is. Please call us on 999 and you will be through to us immediately."

Moat is known to have left two notes while on the run.

The first, a furious 49-page declaration of war, was left with a friend. The second, to his injured ex, was discovered in his hide-out, police revealed at a news conference.

Yesterday evening armed police swooped on the sprawling Lambton estate, near Chester-le-Street, County Durham, but no arrests were made.

A man was led from woods and into Wagtail Farm by armed police. He is believed to be an associate of Moat's who is helping police identify areas where he may be hiding out.

Moat's mother Josephine Healey, 63, says her son became a loner in his late teens and stopped seeing his family after a love of martial arts grew into an obsession.


Armed police surround a man, wearing a police baseball cap, thought to be assisting them in the hunt for Raoul Moat, inset, near to Wagtail Farm, Northumberland.
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Date:Jul 8, 2010
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