Had King Harald Hardrada and Tostig Godwinson returned to invade Northumberland?
Had Al Qaeda activated a cell of jihadists in the North East?
Had the Spanish Armada landed and were conquistadors advancing on Rothbury?
I was confused after all hundreds of armed officers from eight police forces, forty elite firearms officers from the Metropolitan Police, twenty armoured cars sent over on the night ferry from Northern Ireland, and a RAF Tornado with imaging equipment were involved.
Then I realised that all this was for one sad loser, Raoul Moat, seeking his fifteen minutes of fame. Of course the main stream media played a major part in making this desperate man some kind of folk hero. Anyone who thinks he was should follow this link to a photo of PC David Rathband possibly blinded by Moat, and remember he murdered Chris Brown.
When both red top and broad sheet newspapers wallow in this story I am saddened at the developments in our society, and deliberately did not buy a newspaper today.
"Gazza, I Blame the Police" Daily Star
"I have no dad and nobody cares about me" Moat's Final Lament. Sunday Times
You do not need to be a forensic psychologist to guess that Moat suffered from some sort of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and would have enjoyed his notoriety.
Regretfully there is now a strong possibility we will get people copying Moat, and Bird [the Cumbrian taxi driver, who murdered twelve people last month].
I would like to suggest that newspapers and television spend a bit more time telling the story of our brave soldiers in Afghanistan, and people like PC David Rathband, who put their lives on the line for us every day.