Hunt for gunman cost £1.4m

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THE hunt for gunman Raoul Moat cost Northumbria Police almost £1.5m – and that sum is likely to rise even higher due to ongoing and future court proceedings.

The force finally released the figure this week after a massive search was launched in south east Northumberland, Tyneside and ultimately Rothbury to track down Moat after the first shootings in July last year.

Operation Bulwark, involving hundreds of officers from the Northumbria and many other forces, culminated six days later when Moat shot himself dead after a stand-off with officers.

The total cost so far is estimated at £1,411,354.

That figure includes £460,062 for aid from other forces and almost £680,000 in overtime payments.

Temporary Chief Constable Sue Sim Said: “This operation was unprecedented and posed significant challenges due to the terrain we had to search in and the fact that Moat was armed.

“We always endeavour to ensure that, even in such challenging circumstances, we are mindful of the costs involved, and I am absolutely convinced that we did so very effectively.”

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