Moat hunt police leave bullets in child’s bedroom
Armed police searching for gunman Raoul Moat left a magazine with live bullets in a child's bedroom, it was revealed yesterday.
Officers raided the home of a family in Newcastle after reports that the fugitive was staying there.
After handcuffing the parents and leading them into the street in the Kenton area of the city, the policemen found no trace of the bodybuilding ex-bouncer.
But after they left the house, a magazine clip containing 20 copper-tipped 5.56 calibre bullets was found in the bedroom of the couple's 11-year-old daughter.
The 30-year-old father, who did not wish to be named, told the Newcastle Chronicle: “There were just 10 guns pointing at my face as soon as I opened the door. I'm not angry with the police — they are just doing their jobs — but why are people saying that Moat is round at our house?
“I've come down the stairs and there are about 10 guns pointing straight at me. They've left the cartridge and that's made me angry — I don't want my kid finding that.
“My daughter was at school and it's a good job she wasn't here to see what was going on.”
The 26-year-old mother said: “I was told to stand in the window with my hands showing while they took out my husband and made him kneel in the street.
“I heard shouting but I didn't think anything of it. All of a sudden I realised what was happening. They were pointing guns at me and shouting. They handcuffed him and then I was led out.
“They made me give them a layout of the house and then they just went in and started looking round.
“We didn't even know Moat that well. We used to see him on the estate but that's as close as we got to him. We're told the police were phoned and told he was here — it's absolute rubbish.
“It was a frightening experience because they were carrying these big guns.
“The street's been full of people. I can't believe this has happened.”
Northumbria Police admitted they made the blunder and went back to the property to retrieve the magazine.
A spokesman for the force said: “We are grateful to the member of the public for bringing this to our attention and will fully investigate the circumstances.”