Net closes in on triple shooting suspect

ARMED police were this afternoon scouring miles of countryside as the net closed in on suspected kiler Raoul Moat.

ARMED police were scouring miles of countryside today as the net closed in on suspected killer Raoul Moat.

Investigators believe the former bouncer may have fled on foot after abandoning his car in Rothbury, Northumberland, along with two men held as possible accomplices.

It was initially thought earlier today that the two men arrested has been hostages of Moat.

Marksmen from several forces were searching abandoned buildings, forests and grassland on the edge of the Northumberland National Park.

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One team used dogs to check derelict buildings known as Pike House, a short distance south east of the rural village, 30 miles north of Newcastle.

Senior police officers set up a two-mile exclusion zone around the village as they announced the net was closing in on the gunman.

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In a letter, Moat declared war on the police, who he blames for taking away his children, freedom and former girlfriend.

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