Claiming it was all a joke is the last recourse of bullies

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The biggest pat on the back this week should be reserved for former footballer turned professional boxer Curtis Woodhouse.

He turned in a below-par performance in his latest fight, and was immediately assailed on Twitter by a so-called troll – those inadequates who snipe anonymously from the depths of the social media jungle.

Mr Woodhouse immediately offered £1,000 to anyone who could identify his abuser – then frightened the little chap to death by naming him on-line and tweeting progress reports of the journey to his front door.

This quickly elicited a gibbering apology from the person responsible, who insisted it had all been a joke, a bit of harmless fun etc.

Such a response is the last recourse of all bullies.