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‘I used to be constantly disappointed by the human race,’ tweeted Ricky Gervais today, ‘but Twitter has helped me lower my expectations.’

As so often, the scalpel-sharp comedian’s scathing summation perfectly encapsulated my own thoughts about a social-media platform that’s descended from fun public chatroom into seething cesspit of self-righteous fury and bellicose bile.

I still love Twitter, both as an unparalleled journalistic resource and as an entertaining way to interact with people, but even my rhino-thick skin gets occasionally pierced by the shudderingly vile abuse that contaminates so much of it these days.

You can benefit hugely in terms of raising your profile (I currently have 7.7 million followers on Twitter and 1.4 million on Instagram) and promoting your work. But in return, you’re going to be bombarded with a lot of vicious hate. 

Piers' wife Celia Walden told how the police visited their home and a security engineer installed a panic button should they need to contact authorities immediately

And it doesn’t matter who you are; in the past few weeks, I’ve been sickened by horrendous Twitter abuse aimed at national heroes like Captain Tom, Marcus Rashford and even Prince Philip while he received treatment in hospital.

For someone like me who deliberately provokes lively debate, there’s an expectation of passionate critical reaction and I largely enjoy it.

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In a live-streamed Twitter Q&A with the public this week, Gervais was asked who he thinks handles fame well. 

‘There are people that seem to love it,’ he replied, ‘the atmosphere, the game, good and bad – like Piers Morgan. He’s good at it because I think he evolved being a contrarian. 


The commenter added that contacting the authorities or beefing up his security 'isn't going to stop us getting you' and warned: 'This isn't a threat Piers it's a promise, your (sic) getting killed'

Piers wrote on Wednesday: 'UPDATE: I've reported these death threats to @metpoliceuk and look forward to hearing back from them. I'm also keen to hear what steps @instagram @ Facebook are taking to identify the person who made the death threats on their platform & has now deleted their account'

'And you’ve got to know that there are some things he doesn’t mean, like being furious about vegan sausage rolls, and some things he means, like gun crime. He knows he’s got to live or die by the sword; if he slags people off, they’re going to slag him off. But I think he handles it well, though maybe he goes home and punches the wall screaming “they f***ing said WHAT?” ’

All this is true, although I genuinely loathe vegan sausage rolls.

But while I never go home and punch the wall, even I have a line in the cyber-abuse sand. 

I intend taking this all the way to court and accountability. In the words of Liam Neeson in Taken (above): ‘I will find you.’

This week, someone posted this comment on my eldest son’s Instagram after he put up a photo of him and me: ‘Piers Morgan, you’re a marked man, calling the police, big tech or beefing up your security isn’t going to stop us getting to you, this is not a threat Piers it’s a promise, you’re getting killed.’

Whoever it was then made a second threat to my son and his mother, warning him to ‘watch your back’ and saying they too would be ‘getting it’ if I didn’t.

I’ve responded by calling in the police, and big tech (Facebook, who own Instagram, are co-operating with the cops), and beefing up my security. I intend taking this all the way to court and accountability.

In the words of Liam Neeson in Taken: ‘I will find you.’ 

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Worcester Police Shoot, Kill Heavily Armed Man Making Bomb Threat

WORCESTER (CBS) – A Worcester police officer shot and killed a heavily armed man who threatened to detonate a bomb early Wednesday morning.

It started around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday when the man, later identified as 31-year-old Phet Gouvonvong, called 911 from Grafton Street.

According to Worcester District Attorney Joe Early, Jr., Gouvonvong was wearing body armor and appeared to be armed with an assault rifle and an explosive device. He was also carrying a backpack.

Negotiations began, the area was sealed off by police and the SWAT team was brought in.

Worcester Police shut down part of Grafton Street early Wednesday morning. (WBZ-TV)

Around 12:05 a.m., Early said Gouvonvong made a move towards police, several shots were fired and Gouvonvong died at the scene. The district attorney said investigators later found Gouvonvong also had a handgun and several rounds of ammunition.

The Worcester Police officer who fired the shots has not been identified. Lt. Sean Murtha told reporters he has been put on administrative leave.

The bomb squad and investigators started searching Gouvonvong’s apartment late Wednesday morning.

Early could not confirm yet if the device Gouvonvong had was definitely a bomb.

“The negotiator, the dispatcher was on the phone with this man for an extended period of time, and he was telling us that this bomb could and would go off if things occurred to happen to him. But I can’t get into the negotiations. She kept him on the phone for a long time doing her job,” Early said.

Worcester Police shut down part of Grafton Street early Wednesday morning. (WBZ-TV)

The standoff rattled neighbors.

“As I was walking back to my bedroom, I heard two gunshots,” said Sarah Kobach, who lives in the area. “So I immediately went to my bedroom window over here so I can see. I already know the cops are out here because I can already see all the way out the road. So I came outside to see what was going on, and that’s when there were police.”

“It’s scary. It really is,” said neighbor Marcia Tagliaferro. “I’m glad [the police] took care of it.

They are asking any witnesses to come forward, especially those who may have video of the incident. Anyone with information should call Worcester Police at 508-799-8651.

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