David Cameron condemns Moat sympathy

July 15, 2010

(KATAKAMI / IRISH EXAMINER) There should be no public sympathy for gunman Raoul Moat, British Prime Minister David Cameron has said , describing him as a “callous murderer”.
Cameron told the Commons that any sympathy should be reserved for Moat’s victims.

“It is absolutely clear that Raoul Moat was a callous murderer, full stop, end of story,” he told MPs at Prime Minister’s Questions.

Cameron spoke out as it emerged that David Rathband, the police officer shot in the face by the former nightclub doorman, has been left blind.

Cameron was urged by Conservative MP Chris Heaton-Harris to contact Facebook to ask them to take down the webpage of the RIP Raoul Moat group, which he said carried a “whole host of anti-police statements”. Cameron said that he was making a “very good point”.

Later, his official spokesman indicated that a 10 Downing Street official was likely to contact Facebook today.

Online tributes to Moat have been posted on the webpages while around 50 bouquets have been left outside his former home in Fenham, Newcastle upon Tyne.

The tributes have already been condemned by Britain’s most senior police officer, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Paul Stephenson, as “extraordinarily disappointing”.

And yesterday Kelly Stobbart, the half-sister of Moat’s ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, echoed the Prime Minister’s comments.

“He’s far from a legend,” she told BBC Look North.  (*)

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