The seven-day search for gunman in July 2010 was the and made headlines around the world.
After killing one victim and wounding two others in a two-day shooting spree, by camping out in the Northumbrian countryside.
As snipers focused their sights on Raoul, footballer Paul Gascoigne made a bizarre appearance, turning up with beer and chicken as he begged officers to allow him to help the killer following a drink and drug binge.
The pursuit has now been turned into a t – with many eager to see the depiction of Gazza’s involvement.
But since the unpredictable turn of events has been omitted from the series over fears it would ‘trivialise’ the story, MailOnline takes a look back at the bizarre (and non-existent) ‘relationship’ between Gazza and Raoul.
Unexpected: Inside the bizarre ‘relationship’ between Paul Gascoigne and Raoul Moat as ITV omits the footballer’s involvement from its new drama series.Paul is pictured arriving at the scene of the manhunt in Rothbury in 2010, brandishing the snacks for his ‘friend’ Raoul
What really happened?
It’s 9pm and former England footballer Paul is watching the coverage on the news in Newcastle.
He is so high on drink and drugs that he convinces himself that he knows Raoul.
He recalled the bizarre episode during his ‘Evening with Paul Gascoigne’ talk at Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre in 2015.
He said: ‘You’ve got to realise I’m half cut anyway, sitting in the living room, I’ve got about six lines [of cocaine] lined up.I’m not realising much but a good line and eVdEN eve naKliyat me and Raoul Moat are sort of friends.
‘A couple more lines and we are good buddies. A few whiskies, another few lines, I’ve had about eight lines and we went to school together.’
Paul calls a taxi and asks the driver to take him to Rothbury.
”You’re not going where I think you’re going?’ the driver asks.’Yes, I am,’ Paul replies. ‘I have been through so much, I am the best therapist in the world, I can save him.’
By 10pm, arc lights are put in to position around the patch of ground by the riverbank. Raoul refuses the police’s offer of a raincoat.Paul arrives at the cordon carrying food and a fishing rod, and officers ask him where he’s going.
‘I’m going to see me mate Moaty,’ Paul replies. The police laugh and tell him to go home, but Paul insists he knows where to find him, as he can see the light of a helicopter shining down on him.The police explain that that’s the light from a star.
30 minutes later, Raoul calls out to the police that he doesn’t want to go on: ‘I don’t want to spend the rest of my life in a cell. I have not got a dad — no one cares about me.’
Paul phones local station Real Radio to explain in a slurred voice why he’s at the siege: ‘Listen, I’ve driven from Newcastle to Rothbury.It cost a lot of money.
‘I’ve brought a dressing gown for him, a big jacket, I’ve bought some chicken, some bread and a can of lager, a fishing rod, coz I’ve heard he’s by the river and I’ve got a fishing rod so we can fish together and have a chat with him .. . I think I can help him through this.
‘He’s a lovely bloke… all he wants to do is surrender.’
The Press call Gascoigne’s agent, Kenny Shepherd, for his reaction: ‘He’s doing what? I am sitting having an evening meal in Majorca.I’m speechless.’
A few hours later Paul will wake up to hundreds of messages on his phone. ‘I thought: ‘What have I done yesterday? I’ve got chicken by my side, fishing rods, a Barbour [jacket], I’m like, ‘F*** me, I must have done something.”
Oh dear!The seven-day search for gunman Raoul Moat in July 2010 was the biggest manhunt in modern British history and made headlines around the world