Brother of cop shot by Raoul Moat slams ITV drama as ‘Benny Hill parody’
The brother of a copper who was shot by deranged serial killer Raoul Moat has slammed the ITV series about the sick crim.
Darren Rathband, who's twin brother David took his own life after the murderous monster shot him twice at close range, said the three-part series, The Hunt For Raoul Moat, was a "parody".
The 55-year-old said: “This ITV drama should be a comedy — or at least a parody set with the Benny Hill theme music."
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The former police worker also said the programme "ignored" the victims and their families following his efforts to contact the production company after he received an email about the show from the team.
Darren said: “The victims were never a priority. ITV have ignored the sentiment, and have paid the relatives lip service.
“Once I responded [to the email], it was clear they were not interested in any input.”
The programme details the seven-day stand-off between Moat and Northumbria CID after the former nightclub bouncer from Newcastle shot and wounded ex-lover Samantha Stobbart, then 22, killed her new partner Christopher Brown, 29, and blinded David Rathband in 2010.
The stand-off only ended after the crazed murderer killed himself.
The former police chief who lead the hunt for Moat has also spoken out ahead of the series' release.
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Neil Adamson, the former head of Northumbria CID who was front an centre of all the horrid action back in 2010 has blasted those who worshiped the sicko like a "hero".
He said: “The vast majority of the public were on our side and the local community was fantastic.
"The hero worship was absolutely bizarre, because the series shows how controlling and deranged he was, a misogynistic bully.
"Samantha was 16 when 31-year-old Moat met her. He dominated her and had to know everything about her.
“How can anybody be in awe of an individual like that?”
The first episode of The Hunt For Raoul Moat airs tonight on ITV1 with further episodes screening April 17 and 18.
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