McNab: police push Raoul Moat to ‘capture area’
By Kris Jepson – 07 July 2010

As the armed police search for alleged gunman Raoul Moat continues, Former SAS Sergeant and Bravo Two Zero survivor Andy McNab, an expert in escape and evasion, tells Channel 4 News police need to ‘channel Moat to capture area’.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed to Channel 4 News that it has supplied around 40 firearms officers, including rifle officers (snipers) from its specialist firearms unit CO19. Northumbria Police requested the extra man power as they hunt for alleged gunman Raoul Moat near the village of Rothbury. The snipers are armed with Heckler and Koch G36 assault rifles, a favourite weapon of the SAS when serving in Northern Ireland.

Channel 4 News has spoken to former SAS soldier Andy McNab, who has experience of both escaping and evading enemies in the field of combat and in searching for enemies. He operated in the Middle and Far East, South and Central America and Northern Ireland.

A little snippit from the article:

Andy McNab said: “Without doubt the police will have immediately covered all ‘known locations’ to Moat – friends, family, local football team, pubs etc. These are places and people Moat will know and feel comfortable being in or with. As he’s not been caught yet, these are places he’s probably avoided.

“The police would have checked all electronic devices. They’d have checked his credit card, bank card, email, mobile phone, any social networking sites he’s signed up to. Nine times out of ten people will go to these places, use these systems, because it is safe territory for them – they know it. That’s probably why he seems to be staying in the same region (Northumbria).

“Then possible locations he’d pick out are places of vegetation, and then irrigation, so if he’s hiding he’ll want access to water. He’ll also look for areas of cover. If he hasn’t got camouflage concealment skills he will no doubt be in these densely vegetated areas, because it will make him feel safe.

“In reality these are the last places he should be. They are obvious hiding places for a fugitive on the run and will be places the police will target in their search: Places like dense forests, hill tops, caves, mountains etc.

“For the armed police searching for Moat, they will not want to scare him and will avoid confronting him. Their tactic will be to move through the areas and try to hassle him into moving. This method is called ‘channelling’.

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