Moat manhunt cost more than £1.4m


The manhunt for Raoul Moat cost 1.4 million pounds, and that figure may yet rise

The search for shotgun killer Raoul Moat cost more than £1.4 million, the force which mounted the huge operation has revealed.

Northumbria Police released the figures for the seven-day manhunt which included officers from 18 forces and was one of the largest ever undertaken in this country.

Moat, 37, shot his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart in Birtley, Gateshead, after killing her new boyfriend Chris Brown. Less than 24 hours later he blinded unarmed officer Pc David Rathband.

Moat then hid in Rothbury, Northumberland, where he killed himself a week after the Birtley shootings when he was cornered by police.

Northumbria Police said it had received numerous requests to reveal the cost of the search, known as Operation Bulwark.

It said the current figure stands at more than £1.4 million, though that could still rise because of on-going proceedings.

Two men are on trial at Newcastle Crown Court accused of assisting Moat’s murderous rampage. They deny all charges against them.

There will also be costs associated with an inquest into Moat’s death, which has been investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The current cost is £1,411,354. This includes £460,062 in payments to other forces for the assistance of their officers; £585,406 for overtime carried out by Northumbria Police staff while the manhunt was ongoing; a further £93,110 in overtime since then and a further £272,776 in other costs. These include forensic science services, fuel and specialist equipment.

Temporary Chief Constable Sue Sim said: “We always endeavour to ensure that, even in such challenging circumstances, we are mindful of the costs involved and I am absolutely convinced that we did so very effectively throughout this operation.”

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