Earlier this week I wrote about a very questionable story published by the Daily Star in the UK in which they claimed a movie and videogame based on killer, Raoul Moat, was in the works. They even published the supposed cover of the videogame – “Grand Theft Auto: Rothbury”.

Surprise surprise, the paper have now admitted there wasn’t a word of truth in the story and published this apology:

“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.”

Unreal. At the end of the apology they put the word “news” in inverted commas. Says it all really.