Police in England have appealed to a man on the run after three people were shot to make contact with them.

They are searching for Raoul Thomas Moat, who is suspected of critically injuring his former partner, killing her boyfriend, and wounding a police officer.

Moat, who was released from prison on Thursday, is suspected of shooting the couple in Gateshead early yesterday, and the officer at East Denton, Newcastle, early today.

Detective Chief Supt Neil Adamson said Moat mistakenly believed his former partner was having an affair with a Northumbria police officer.

Mr Adamson said the man shot dead, who had moved to the area from Slough, had never been a Northumbria police officer and was not connected with the force in any way.

He said the woman was injured but alive and Pc David Rathband, shot early today, was seriously injured.

He said he knew Moat was concerned for the future well-being of his three children.

‘For their sake, this has to stop now,’ he said.

‘These are not the memories that your children need to have of their father.'

‘Enough people have been hurt. You need to make contact with us now.’