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Second letter found in hunt for crazed fugitive

POLICE hunting fugitive killer Raoul Moat, today revealed they found a second letter from the gunman.

Detective Neil Adamson said the letter, addressed to Moat’s ex-girlfriend Sam Stobbart, re-asserts his belief that her new partner was a policeman.

The former bouncer blasted Ms Stobbart and shot dead her boyfriend Chris Brown on Saturday, before injuring officer David Rathband less than 24 hours later.

The “personal” letter, found in a tent he had been hiding in in a secluded spot.

However, police stressed again today that Chris Brown was not a police officer and offered a €12,000 reward for information which leads to Moat being captured.

Meanwhile, the gunman’s former lover has claimed he has enough local knowledge and survival skills to hide out in the woods for days.

The ex-prisoner, who in a rambling letter to police admitted to being a “killer and a maniac”, loves camping and fishing and spent many weekends in the Northumberland countryside as a younger man.

His written declaration of war leads police to believe he would rather die taking them on than give himself up peacefully.

The 37-year-old described himself feeling like The Hulk, when “it takes over and it's more than anger and it happens only when I'm hurt, and this time I was really hurt.”


But a different picture was painted by waitress Yvette Foreman (35), who dated the ex-nightclub doorman more than a decade ago.

She said: “He was a lovely lad back then. He had long blonde hair in a ponytail, which he wore plaited with loads of little coloured beads.

“He'd come up to stay from Newcastle for the weekend and we'd go off to the woods. He was daft as a brush, a real joker.

He once soaked my dad with water.”

It was during their romance that he got to know the Rothbury area well.

She said: “We'd go camping and fishing here loads when we were younger, almost every weekend, and he knows the woods like the back of his hand.

“There's so much woodland and so many little nooks and crags out there I think he could hide out for days.”

The search for Moat moved away from Tyneside, after a black Lexus he had been using was spotted in a small industrial complex.