The creator of the Raoul Moat Facebook tribute page – ‘RIP Raoul Moat You Legend’ – has been revealed as 21-year-old Siobhan O’Dowd
from Burnley, who claims she felt sorry for Moat. Bowing to
public pressure, O’Dowd has now removed the Moat tribute page.
The Raoul Moat
Facebook tribute attracted 38,000 fans and revealed a shocking wave of
support for the killer, with one user calling Moat: “one of the few
remaining reasons Britain is still great”.
However, after a media storm, O’Dowd took it down the tribute page and says that she now fears being attacked.
just put it for me and my friends,” she said. “I didn’t think this
would happen. I want to get across to people that I don’t condone what
he has done and don’t agree one little bit about him shooting people.
genuinely felt sorry for him because he asked for help but didn’t get
it. He felt his whole life had been taken away from him. He was in jail
and his girlfriend writes to him and says she is seeing someone else he
had kids with her and was in love with her.
“I genuinely felt sorry for him and am not the only person who did feel sorry for him either.”
O’Dowd continued that she is “not a huge fan of the police because I know what it is like to be harassed by them.”
thought him hiding from the police was legendary. He did make the
coppers look stupid and that is why a lot of people respected him. And
that’s why people are classing him as a legend,” she continued.
this may not be the last we see of the RIP Raoul Moat You Legend
Facebook tribute. O’Dowd’s friend, Andrew Porter, vowed to put it back
up, telling The Telegraph of Moat:
“It is great the way he kept the police on their toes.
Siobhan has taken it down, I will put it up again. It is not just me
and Siobhan that think that way. The site has 40,000 members.”