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Last week we reported on Jerry Lawton and The Daily Star’s appalling story about Rockstar Games’ supposed GTA sequel Grand Theft Auto: Rothbury, which was to be based on Raoul Moat’s killing spree in the north-east of England. We also reported on Jerry Lawton’s childish response to the totally legitimate criticisms of his story, which didn’t do him any good at all.

Thankfully The Daily Star have apologised for their cock-up, and admitted that failed to check the accuracy of the story, which is a shocking admission for any newspaper, even a trashy one like The Star.

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

‘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.’

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