Police failed to act on threats by Raoul Moat to harm his ex-girlfriend
PUBLISHED April 25, 2012
A draft report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), seen by the BBC, found police and prison authorities failed to respond to reports that Moat had threatened to hurt Samantha Stobbart during his time in Durham Prison.
After his release, the 37-year-old shot and injured Miss Stobbart, killed her new partner, and blinded the police officer David Rathband. He had been serving a sentence for assault.
The unpublished IPCC report allegedly found Moat had made specific threats to shoot a number of people including Miss Stobbart and Chris Brown when talking to another inmate.
The prisoner had told an officer of the conversation but had not been able to recall the exact words. A report by a prison officer in a Security Information Report later said Moat had intended to "seriously assault" his former partner.
But the report on the threats was passed to prison in-trays. Police did not act on one warning from the prison, while it did not read another, the IPCC found.