After failing to find suspected armed killer Raoul Moat in the village of Rothbury, police officers are now ‘almost certain’ the fugitive is hiding at Alton Towers theme park.
‘So far officers have conducted enjoyable searches of the Pirate Galleon and the Tea Cups rides,’ said Detective Chief Superintendent Neil Adamson. ‘Latest intelligence has led us to stake out the hot dog stand, while another group of officers has completed an exhilarating search of the Oblivion rollercoaster, twice.’
The operation is being conducted by plain clothes officers armed with priority passes entitling them to jump to the front of queues and get a 20% discount at Karzy-Kandyfloss.
‘Naturally the lads are excited about today, but some of them are already getting tired and at least two have been badly splashed. However, we will not rest until we successfully make an arrest or Congo River Rapids close at 6pm.’