British police hunting a suspected gunman thought to be lying low in wild countryside after being on the run for a week found fresh clues Friday, while warning the public to be on high alert Raoul Moat is accused of seriously injuring a policeman and his ex-girlfriend and killing her new partner in and around Newcastle, northeast England, before apparently fleeing to the nearby Northumbria National Park. the police have surrounded Cragside National Trust Estate.
Well what gets me is The police did they find him NO did they follow every sighting up NO yes no there was a women on the tv that said she reported a brake in two days and it took two days for the police to call and then they confirmed it was the guy they were looking for the police with all there technology at hand but still all were told is there closing in ummmmmm two women saw him walking up the main street heading down to the river they then saw him down at the river holding a gun ........... Question were was all the police answer in a TV briefing at the time with all the TV crew. Now what message do we get from this well all the money we pay in council tax were does it go not making the streets safe this is twice a made gun man has run a muck if the marks men are so good why did they not shoot the gun out of his hand. Lets hope we do not get some more copy cats doing this apparently he told him fellow inmate what he was going to do he told the authorities but did they listen NO! just goes to show the criminals that you can avoid the police but stay away from women walking there dogs
Now that Moat has been dealt with it would be nice to wrap this thread up.
At the risk of being controversial and having been involved in evasion exercises while in the Services ( I was caught owing to a schoolboy error on my part), I would like to chuck in my tuppence worth.
The police are in a very difficult position. If they do nothing, they are condemned. If they go in guns blazing, they are condemned for being heavy handed. In the eyes of some people, there is nothing that the police can do which will satisfy them. Many of the critics are armchair heroes who have never been involved in a situation like the police were in when searching for Moat. They have never been involved in a search for a missing person or for a fugitive.
What needs to be remembered at all times is that a missing person (if they don't want to be found) or a fugitive always has the upper hand. They are aware of the whereabouts of the searchers because there are so many of them. The searchers are not aware of the whereabouts of the missing person or the fugitive. In the case of Moat, he was familiar with the area which gave him a tremendous advantage over the police, some of whom had come from distant parts to assist the local constabulary. Add to this the fact that the police are starting from nothing and not sure where to start looking, it may shed a different light on some aspects of the search which has caused the police to come under adverse scrutiny.
Yes I agree the police are condemned no matter what they do. But I think the media have a lot to answer for too. Rothbury was a typical example.
Take Sky TV for example. Journalists are despatched to Rothbury to report "on the spot". They are then treated as experts by the journalists back in the studio who constantly "go to our man on the spot for an update".
The journalists in "the studio" say things like "what can you tell us about...." or "what do we know about..." and there is just this constant pressure for more and more information. No-one asks the question "what do the journalists need to know?" no-one seems to have the power to limit the constant pressure for information or make sensible decisions about what should be divulged and what, for whatever reason - strategic or otherwise - should not. To use a media phrase "we now know" that the fugitive changed his position on who he was prepared to shoot allegedly because of the way in which the incident was being covered in the media!!
It was also a bit over the top when Sky started calling local residents and asking them what they could see from their windows.
It's about time we trusted our police - and maybe targetted an inquest at how "stories" like this are covered by the media - and what further controls need to be put on them.
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well yep i do agree the media did not help the police in fack i think they might of helped him as he had mobile phones and able to talk to people and what gets me about the media they always find a expert from some were. and even the chief super from west Yorkshire was up there on TV for sky (WHY!!!!) i think the police should of kept the press out of it as much as possible . The guy probably new he was head line news its getting more like America Plus i bet the news did not help in calming the village down i meen bugs you live up there bet you were concerned. still it is over what will the press find to report on
Mad women on the loose with a banned dog !!!!!!!! Thank god she is only ACTING at being a police chief normally she works in Tescos .......
Last Edit: Jul 11, 2010 21:53:44 GMT by northerndj