Armed police search Huddersfield flats for Newcastle fugitive Raoul Moat
Jul 9 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Armed police search Berry Brow flats for Newcastle murder suspect Raoul Moat
A DISABLED man told of his terror after armed police stormed his flat looking for fugitive murder suspect Raoul Moat.
Steve Tingay, 44, said armed police swooped on his home at Fare Hill Flats, Berry Brow, brandishing guns after receiving a tip-off that the wanted Newcastle man was there.
Mr Tingay told the Examiner how he was left shaken by the raid on Wednesday afternoon.
But West Yorkshire police have since said they do not believe the alleged killer is in the Huddersfield area.
Mr Tingay, who is registered disabled, said he was stunned when he looked out of his fourth floor window to see police cars surrounding his building.
He said: “I was sat by the window when I saw these vehicles race up outside and all these armed police rushing out of them.
“There were police all over the place. I couldn’t believe it and went down in the lift with my wife Sandra to try and see what was going on.
“There was nobody there and we came back up, but as the lift opened two or three police were there with their guns pointed at the door.
“There were about a dozen police on the floor with their dogs and they were all armed with the biggest guns I have ever seen.
“One of the guns must have been nine inches away from my head and they told me and my wife to get into the corner on the opposite side of the lift.
“We had our hands up and I held my keys up to show that I lived there. I was looking at all these guns and panicking.
“They said they were looking for someone in my flat and asked if there was anyone in there. They did have the necessary equipment to break the door down but I gave them the keys.”