British PM blasts sympathy for fugitive killer

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British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday slammed the cult building up around fugitive killer Raoul Moat, who shot himself dead after a six-hour armed stand-off with police.

Moat went on the run for a week after shooting dead his ex-girlfriend's new partner, wounding her and also seriously injuring a policeman a day later.

The 37-year-old bouncer was found after a massive manhunt but as armed police surrounded him, he killed himself Saturday rather than surrender.

Flowers have been left at the scene of his death in the village of Rothbury in northeast England and outside Moat's home.

Around 30,000 people have joined a group called "R.I.P Raoul Moat You Legend!" on the social networking website Facebook, where sympathy messages have been left.

Cameron told parliament: "It is absolutely clear that Raoul Moat was a callous murderer, full stop, end of story.

"I cannot understand any wave, however small, of public sympathy for this man.

"There should be sympathy for his victims and for the havoc he wreaked in that community.

"There should be no sympathy for him."

Police arrested three more people Wednesday in connection with the Moat case.

The men, aged 45, 34 and 27 were apprehended in the Newcastle area "on suspicion of assisting an offender", Northumbria Police said.

A total of 13 people have now been arrested.

The case is also under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

On Tuesday, the IPCC revealed armed officers fired two XRep Taser stun guns at Moat in an attempt to stop him taking his own life.

The precise sequence of events has not been established and is under investigation.

© 2010 AFP

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