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TV's Ray Mears brought in by cops to track Raoul Moat and came within metres

Raoul Moat’s 2010 two-day shooting spree has been shone a light on once more, as new ITV documentary Manhunt: The Raoul Moat Story is set to air on ITV tonight at 9pm.

After killing one person and injuring another, ex-prisoner Moat went on the run for nearly a week.

TV presenter and survival techniques expert Ray Mears, 56, revealed in a 2013 BBC interview that he was drafted in by police to help track Moat.

The veteran TV host revealed to BBC journalist Chris Jackson that he was “deeply impressed” with how the police handled the pursuit of Moat, despite them facing a barrage of criticism at the time.

Raoul Moat went on a two-day shooting spree in Northumberland

Mears said when he was deployed by police, his main priority was not to be spotted by the press, as he knew Moat was tuning into radio news bulletins.

To ensure for the element of surprise, Mears dressed head-to-toe like the other police officers and was able to remain incognito.

Ray Mears spoke about his role assisting cops
Ray Mears spoke about his role assisting cops

While Mears admitted he would never know whether he was the reason Moat was finally flushed out, he believes that he and the search team were within 20 metres of him.

Mears wrote about his involvement in one of the UK’s biggest ever manhunts in his autobiography My Outdoor Life.

Moat, who was 37 at the time, injured ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, killed her new partner Chris Brown and permanently blinded police officer David Rathband, who remained in hospital for three weeks.

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He shot his three victims with a sawn-off shotgun during the Northumberland shooting spree.

After six days on the run, Moat, who had recently been released from Durham prison, was recognised by police.

He was contained in the open, which led to six hours of negotiation.

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