Jeremy Armstrong and Jon Clements
July 12, 2010
Gun madman Raoul Moat was a secret police informant for years, it emerged last night.
During his week-long manhunt the crazed killer, 37, blasted innocent PC David Rathband and vowed to murder other officers after boasting he had “declared war” on police.
But in truth he had spent years grassing up underworld figures to cops – which let him avoid jail despite a 10-YEAR association with violence that saw him arrested up to 12 times, including for conspiracy to murder.
He eventually received an 18-week prison term this year for assaulting a minor – a sentence that sparked his hatred of the force.
An officer admitted at the weekend: “Sometimes we’re able to make things go away if they don’t involve violence but there are no guarantees. Sometimes we have to say, ‘Sorry, tough luck’.”
One of Moat’s old pals, Brian Moulding, learnt the ex-bouncer was feeding information to the law when he gave evidence to help police prosecute him.
This article was posted: Monday, July 12, 2010 at 8:40 am