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Raoul Moat's long lost father worries ITV’s new show will further ‘traumatise’ grandkids

NewsRaoul Moat's long lost father worries ITV’s new show will further ‘traumatise’ grandkids

The long-lost father of murderer Raoul Moat has expressed his fear over the new documentary that will be aired on ITV. Peter Blake worries that the documentary might show details about Raoul Moat’s murdering spree that may traumatise his grandchildren again.

The 37-year-old was part of a week-long manhunt back in 2010 before he was cornered in Rothbury, Northumberland, and shot himself.

ITV’s new series will relive the ordeal, which saw Moat kill one person and injure two others, the Sun reports.

With the new documentary released, the 81-year-old believes the episodes, which tell the story of bodybuilder and ex-bouncer Moat’s vicious spree after he was released from jail, will only torment his grandchildren one more time.

Fuming Peter said: “The biggest victims out of this are his children. They were traumatised at the time and this will traumatise them further.

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“I have been in contact with his children and advised them not to watch.

“I told them it won’t be sympathetic towards him and it will be sensationalised to appeal to viewers.

“They still live in Newcastle and some people know who they are. They have already suffered because of Raoul’s crimes such as being tormented at school.

“They are innocent but their lives have been blighted by this. I’m very worried of how this will impact them.

“I find the whole thing distasteful. The whole thing is still raw. I’m sure it will also be upsetting for Chris Brown’s family and other victims.”

He watched the police hunt down Moat, who he had never met, on TV.

He added: “I was listening to the radio and heard about a gunman in Gateshead and I didn’t pay too much attention to it until I heard the name Raoul Thomas Moat and I knew it was my son.

“I called the police and told them it was my son. I felt it in my bones that it would end in a stand-off, I just knew.

“I asked if I could come up and chat to him when it inevitably happened. I knew he wouldn’t surrender to the police but he might to me.

“If I showed up and told him he was my son, he would have believed me. I would have told him that I always felt love for him and that it was unconditional.

“I would have asked him to put the gun down. They ended up not needing me so I watched the whole stand-off on television. I couldn’t sleep while it was going on.

“I heard the gun shot and knew it was over, I felt like I couldn’t do anything. It was very emotional.”

Moat took his own life following a violent rampage in which he used a sawn-off shotgun to kill one person and wounded two others over the course of two days.

His deadly spree occurred only two days after he was released from Durham Prison after serving an 18-month sentence for assaulting a child.

The 37-year-old from Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, had held various jobs including working as a bouncer and a tree surgeon.

Moat was also said to have been an ex-bodybuilder and prior to his gun rampage, he had been arrested 12 times and charged for seven separate offences.

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