British tabloid The Daily Star has fallen victim to an internet hoax after one of its journalists, Jerry Lawton, reported that a Grand Theft Auto game based on fugitive Raoul Moat was in development.
Lawton's article chastised the gaming community for immortalising a killer by creating a game based on his life.
The journalist based his story on a Photoshopped picture of a GTA game box labelled 'GTA:Rothbury', posted by one internet user as a joke. He failed to check the facts before publishing the article.
The article has since been removed from the Daily Star website, but a cached snapshot of the page can be viewed here.
Lawton has chosen to ignore the fact that his article was based on nothing more than a poorly Photoshopped picture, and has posted a comment to his wall on the social networking platform Facebook, hitting out at those who have criticised him for his article.
He wrote: “These are grown (?!?) men who sit around all day playing computer games with one another who've today chosen to enter the real world just long enough to complain about my story slamming a Raoul Moat version of Grand Theft Auto!”