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Woman's boyfriend killed in Gateshead double shooting

Raoul Thomas Moat - Pic: Northumbria Police
Image caption Police have warned people not to approach Raoul Thomas Moat

Armed police are searching for a man newly released from prison who they believe shot his ex-girlfriend and killed her new partner on Tyneside.

Raoul Moat, from Newcastle, was released from a Durham jail on Thursday having served a sentence for assault.

Police believe the attack, in Scafell, Birtley, Gateshead, at about 0240 BST, was motivated by a "grudge" against the dead man.

A woman remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Northumbria Police have warned people not to approach Moat, saying he could be dangerous.

Police have confirmed that all the people involved in the incident were linked.

'Held grudge'

Det Supt Steve Howes, of Northumbria Police, said: "I would like to stress that this is not a random attack and that the people involved are all known to each other.

"We believe the offender targeted his victims because of a grudge he held against them."

Ray Huntley, who lives nearby, was first on the scene. He said: "I heard gunshot fire and there was a commotion.

"I found a body on the grass opposite the house. He was dead so I called 999. He had a hole in the back of his head."

The cause of death of the man, who has not been named, has yet to be established but police have confirmed both he and the injured woman suffered injuries "believed to be consistent with a gunshot wound".

A post-mortem examination is due to take place later.

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