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#Raoul Moat

From TheJournal.ie Police officer blinded by Raoul Moat found dead England

Police officer blinded by Raoul Moat found dead

David Rathband was shot during the manhunt for Moat in July 2010.

From TheJournal.ie Gunman Raoul Moat was so hungry he 'ate dead mice' Raoul Moat

Gunman Raoul Moat was so hungry he 'ate dead mice'

An inquest into the former nightclub bouncer’s death has heard evidence from a police officer involved in unsuccessfully negotiating his surrender.

From TheJournal.ie Raoul Moat accomplices sentenced to life in prison UK

Raoul Moat accomplices sentenced to life in prison

Two men found guilty of conspiring with gunman Moat who killed one person and seriously injured two others in a shooting rampage in July 2010.

From TheJournal.ie Trial hears policeman blinded by Raoul Moat 'played dead' during attack UK

Trial hears policeman blinded by Raoul Moat 'played dead' during attack

Two men accused of assisting gunman Raoul Moat in attacking three people last July have gone on trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

From TheJournal.ie 2010 in review: July Review2010

2010 in review: July

Ivor Callely and Martin Sludden compete to become Ireland’s biggest public enemy, while eight are killed in a Donegal car crash.

THE BRITISH version of the Daily Star newspaper was forced into an embarrassing apology to the makers of the Grand Theft Auto video games after criticising them for making a game based on Raoul Moat.

The paper featured the cover of the ‘Grand Theft Auto: Rothbury‘ game featured the face of Moat, circulated in the days after he shot and killed his ex-girlfriend’s partner, and seriously injured her and a police officer.

The Daily Star solicited a response from a family member of one of Moat’s victims, and condemned the game’s developers, Rockstar Games, for making the game.

There was just one problem – the front cover of the game they printed was an online mock-up, the game didn’t exist, and they didn’t seek to contact Rockstar about their plans.

In an apology published today, the paper admits: we didn’t check if it was real.

We made no attempt to check the accuracy of the story before publication and did not contact Rockstar Games prior to publishing the story.

We also did not question why a best selling and critically acclaimed fictional games series would choose to base one of their most popular games on this horrifying real crime event.

It is now accepted that there were never any plans by Rockstar Games to publish such a game and that the story was false.

We apologise for publishing the story using a mock-up of the game cover, our own comments on the matter and soliciting critical comments from a grieving family member.

It goes on:

We unreservedly apologise to Rockstar Games and we have undertaken not to repeat the claims again.

We have also agreed to pay them a substantial amount in damages which they are donating to charity.

THE CONTROVERSIAL Facebook tribute to Raoul Moat has finally been taken down after causing public outcry. The page’s creator, Siobhan O’Dowd, 21, from Burnley in England, said she regrets creating the page but still feels sorry for him.

Facebook had refused to bow to public – and political – pressure to remove the page, and Ms O’Dowd removed it voluntarily. She told the Telegraph it had just been for her and her friends, who felt sorry for him but don’t condone his actions.

Thousands of people have expressed sympathy for Mr Moat, who shot three people, killing one. Apart from the Facebook group, people have been leaving flowers at the site of his death, and his home has become something of a shrine. T-shirts bearing his image were being sold for £8 on eBay. A second Facebook tribute page is still running.

Raoul Moat shot himself after a stand-off with police who had spent seven days tracking him in the countryside outside Newcastle. An inquest into his death revealed that just before his death, police had used a Taser on Mr Moat which had not been approved by the Home Office.

FACEBOOK SAYS IT will not remove tribute pages set up for Raoul Moat, the man UK police believe shot three people in a town near Newcastle, killing one. Specialist officers were engaged in a seven-day hunt for Moat before he shot himself on . British PM David Cameron said he couldn’t understand public sympathy for Moat, saying: “There should be no sympathy for him.”

AN INQUEST INTO the death of Raoul Moat has revealed that the Tasers used by police did not have Home Office approval.

Moat died after a six-hour stand off with police in Northern England on Saturday. He had been on the run from the authorities for ten days following the shooting of three people, one of whom died.

The inquest found that two West Yorkshire police used XREP Tasers on Moat. The Tasers are still undergoing tests and police are told to use  discretion when deciding whether to use them.

A Home Office spokesman said the Tasers were “currently subject to testing by the HOSDB (Home Office Scientific Development Branch)”.

He added that the use of force is lawful when “reasonable and proportionate.”

“The process for approval of less lethal weapons is set out in a Home Office code of practice document on police use of firearms which chief constables must ‘have regard to’.”

It is unclear if officers used the Tasers before of after Moat shot himself.

Meanwhile, several Facebook pages have been created in tribute to Moat. One of the pages entitled “RIP Raoul Moat you legend!” has 28,173 fans. Another, called “Rest In Peace Raoul Moat XXX” has 674 members.

One fan, Ally Wyper, wrote “it’s just a shame he never gt a chance to take out more of the Polis.”

Floral tributes have also been left at the site where died and his old home. One note left outside Moat’s house in Newcastle upon Tyne read: “We have all felt your pain and anguish all week and our hearts were with you last night. You were just so misunderstood.”

THREE MORE PEOPLE have been arrested in connection with the Raoul Moat investigation, the BBC reports. Police said they arrested the three men on suspicion of assisting an offender. Former nightclub bouncer Moat, 37, shot himself when confronted by police on Saturday after spending a week on the run. The inquest into his death is due to open today.