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Moat begged for help before killer rampage

Gunman Raoul Moat told social workers he wanted to see a psychiatrist in case he had a "problem", it emerged.

Just months before he shot a policeman, his ex-partner and killed her new boyfriend, the former nightclub doorman said he wanted help.

The picture of an increasingly paranoid Moat (37) emerges in taped recordings he made with social workers and the police from July 2009 until around April this year.

In one conversation last year he said: "I'm quite emotionally unstable you know, I get myself over-the-top happy sometimes you know.

"And I have my bad days you know, erm, I've done it all my life that when things going on that you don't like you block things out.

"The more you block things out the more numb you become in the heart you know, you get to a point where happiness to you is just like, you know, neither here nor there."

The recordings were given to ITV News by a friend of the steroid-addicted bodybuilder, who said they wanted people to see a different picture of the father-of-three. In a recording made by Moat from a meeting in August 2009 -- attended by a social worker -- he said: "I would like to have, erm, a psychiatrist, psychologist, have a word with me regularly, on a regular basis to see if there's somewhere underlying like where I have problem that I haven't seen.

"You know, it's easy for me to say I don't do anything wrong but I would like a professional, you know, not a DIY thing you know?

"A professional thing for someone to come along and say look there's area for improvement here. This is a problem."

At the same meeting, Moat asked again to see a psychiatrist.

"Why don't we just have a psychiatrist sit me down and say 'right okay I want to see you regularly, then we can move towards where your areas of fault are, we can enhance on these areas you know, erm and work with us'," he said.

"This is one of the things I'm suggesting...

"If I'm at fault myself in any way I'm open to all kinds of suggestions but I refuse to spend the rest of my time fighting with social services."

In what appears to be growing paranoia, Moat told Northumbria Police in a meeting on October 12 last year that he had installed CCTV cameras all round his property in, Newcastle, north-east England.

"There's cameras everywhere, erm, to be honest it was to do with yous," he told the officers.

"I was getting accused of a lot of things and when I had what about eight cameras on the property hidden in hedges and everything to make sure I could pinpoint where I was in any particular time. It wasn't there for any other reason other than that."

Moat went on to tell a friend of the problems he was having with the police.

"Honestly I'm not joking. I've done nothing for five years, nothing ... no fights, no straighteners, not even just daft bits and bobs," he told the friend in February.

"Kept myself clean as a whistle. But, er, but I opened the tree surgery company I was getting the police like taking photographs of my truck and then sending the Environment Agency round to see if I was fly-tipping man. I mean I've got all my bookwork going back ages you know but they left but they're just constantly pulling us, constantly, constantly pulling us."

Having been played the tapes, Moat's uncle, Charlie Alexander, told ITV News: "It's just a cry for help."

And Moat's brother Angus said the danger signs should have been spotted earlier.

Newcastle City Council said: "We did commission a report from a psychologist.

"This report did not recommend any treatment, but examined Mr Moat's aggressive behaviour on the safety and well-being of the children."

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