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U.K. gunman hunt enters 4th day

The hunt continues in northern England for a man accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend, killing her new boyfriend and later wounding a police officer.

The hunt continued in northern England on Tuesday for a man accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend, killing her new boyfriend and later wounding a police officer.

The hunt for Raoul Moat, 37, is its fourth day, and police have set up an "exclusion zone" near the Northumberland area town of Rothbury, about 50 kilometres north of Newcastle. Areas roads have been closed down, and residents have been asked to stay indoors.

Armed police check a black Lexus car and secure the area around it in Rothbury northeast England on Tuesday. ((Owen Humphreys/PA/Associated Press))
The BBC reported that police have stormed a disused farm in the area after finding a car in Rothbury believed to have been used by Moat.

Police allege that Moat, a former nightclub bouncer, on July 3 shot his ex-girlfriend, Samantha Stobbart, 22, and killed her current boyfriend, Chris Brown, 29.

Moat is also accused of shooting a police officer in his patrol car in Newcastle on July 4.

In a 49-page letter published Tuesday by the Sun newspaper apparently from Moat, he vowed to "keep killing police until I'm dead" and laid out his reasons for his actions.

Police also said they have arrested two men once thought to have been taken hostage by Moat. The two were found walking along a road in Rothbury.

"I can confirm that both men are the people that we believe were the hostages,"  Det. Chief Supt. Neil Adamson said. "Both have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder."

With files from The Associated Press