The hunt for a suspected killer gunman in northeast England has taken a new and dramatic turn.
Fugitive Raoul Moat had already declared war on the police. Now, as the search around the rural town of Rothbury intensifies, there is a warning that the risk has increased.
“From the outset we have stressed (that) Mr. Moat’s grievances are largely directed towards the police,” Sue Sim, Northumbria Police’s temporary Chief Constable told a news conference.
“Information has now emerged that Mr Moat has made threats towards the wider public.”
Moat has been on the run for six days after three people were shot, one fatally, shortly after he was released from prison. One of those seriously injured was a policeman, another Moat’s ex-girlfriend.
Police say they have arrested two men suspected of helping the former nightclub bouncer, who is thought to have been living rough in the countryside.
A further two men have appeared in court in connection with the case, accused of possessing a firearm and conspiracy to commit murder.
UK fugitive gunman "now threatens public"