His comments come as a top American investigator said he was "fairly confident" there would be more arrests in the corruption crisis engulfing world football's governing body.
Mr Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term as FIFA president on Friday, two days after 14 people - nine current or former FIFA officials and five executives - were arrested by US authorities accused of racketeering, fraud and money-laundering conspiracies.
Mr Blatter is due to address FIFA's executive committee on Saturday morning, where he will outline how he plans to fix the organisation's image following the scandal.
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Ahead of his speech, Mr Blatter told Swiss television he suspected the arrests this week were an attempt to "interfere with the congress" at which he was re-elected.
Mr Blatter, 79, told RTS: "There is something that smells."
He said: "If they have a financial crime that regards American citizens then they must arrest these people there and not in Zurich when we have a congress."
He also noted that the US was the "number one sponsor" of Jordan, where his challenger for the FIFA presidency Prince Ali bin al Hussein comes from.
And he condemned European football's governing body UEFA. Its head, Michel Platini, was one of many people calling for Mr Blatter to stand down over the scandal.
"It is a hate that comes not just from a person at UEFA, it comes from the UEFA organisation that cannot understand that in 1998 I became president," Mr Blatter said.
Asked whether he would forgive Mr Platini for the resignation calls, Mr Blatter said: "I forgive everyone but I do not forget."
Meanwhile, Football Association vice-chairman David Gill confirmed he will not take up his post on FIFA's elite executive board, refusing to serve under Mr Blatter.
Mr Gill, a Manchester United director, confirmed he did not attend Saturday's first executive committee meeting.
"This action is not something I take lightly but the terribly damaging events of the last three days have convinced me it is not appropriate to be a member of the FIFA executive committee under the current leadership," Mr Gill said.
Earlier, Richard Weber, the head of the Internal Revenue Service's criminal investigations unit, told the New York Times: "I'm fairly confident that we will have another round of indictments.
"We strongly believe there are other people and entities involved in criminal acts."
Mr Weber would not identify the remaining targets of the investigation, or say whether Mr Blatter was among them.
He also dismissed the idea the US government was on a mission to topple the leadership of FIFA.
Mr Weber said: "I don't think there was ever a decision or a declaration that we would go after soccer. We were going after corruption.
"One thing led to another, led to another and another."
Federal authorities told the newspaper the timing of the indictments had nothing to do with the presidential election and was not an attempt to damage the re-election changes of Mr Blatter.
An IRS spokesman confirmed Mr Weber made the remarks and said the case is "open and ongoing".
Police are hunting Haroon Ahmed, who escaped from HMP Dovegate, near Marchington in Staffordshire, on Wednesday afternoon.
It is understood he managed to leave the high-security prison, which is run by private firm Serco, among a group of people who had visited him, despite being on a "watch list".
Members of the public have been urged not to approach the 26-year-old if they see him, but to call 999 instead.
Ahmed, who was jailed for robbery, is described as Asian, 6ft tall and thin.
He has short black hair and was last seen wearing jeans and a grey T-shirt.
Ahmed is believed to be in the Derby area, where he is from.
His brother, Majeed Ahmed, 25, of Clarence Road, Derby, has been charged with assisting a prisoner in escaping from prison.
He has been released on bail to appear before magistrates in Burton on 25 June.
A black Volkswagen Golf recovered as part of the investigation has been forensically examined.
Michael Guy, Serco's director at HMP Dovegate, said: "We are taking this extremely seriously and I have commissioned an urgent investigation into the circumstances of the escape.
"We are working closely with the police to identify what went wrong and to address any failings."
HMP Dovegate was criticised by the Chief Inspector of Prisons in a report published on Friday.
It found there were high levels of violence in the jail and said visiting arrangements were poor.
:: Anyone who knows where Ahmed is should call Staffordshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
But the fine has only been waived for individuals and small businesses who have a "good reason for sending it in late".
An HMRC spokesman told Sky News it wants to use more of its resources to target major tax avoiders rather than "penalising ordinary people".
The story was first reported by the Daily Telegraph after it obtained a leaked memo, and could affect nearly 900,000 people.
The memo reveals that staff were asked to write off the fine without further investigation for those who could show mitigating circumstances.
"Our penalty regime is intended to influence customer behaviour, but also be clear and cost-effective, fair and proportionate," it said.
"The current way of managing penalties does not meet these objectives, and so we have decided to take a more proportionate approach where a customer has filed their return late, and then appealed against their penalty.
"This means that in the vast majority of cases we will be accepting the customer's grounds for appeal, and we can cancel the penalty."
A total of 890,000 people reportedly missed the 31 January deadline for completing self-assessment forms.
An HMRC spokesman told Sky News: "We've been clear we want to focus more and more of our resources on investigating major tax avoidance and evasion rather than penalising ordinary people who are trying to do the right thing.
"But no one will be let off the fine unless they've now sent in their return and have a good reason for sending it in late.
"This is part of our planned approach to penalty appeals, particularly for small businesses and individuals who have sent their tax return in late."
On HMRC's website it states that a reasonable excuse for missing the deadline is "normally something unexpected or outside your control that stopped you meeting a tax obligation".
This includes the recent death of a partner, an unexpected stay in hospital, computer failures, service issues with HMRC's online services, a fire which prevented the completion of a tax return or postal delays.
A jury in Wisconsin cleared the former Saved By The Bell star of a felony charge of recklessly endangering public safety in connection with the fight on Christmas Day in Port Washington, about 25 miles north of Milwaukee.
The 38-year-old, best known for playing Screech in the hit series, pleaded not guilty to the felony charge, plus two misdemeanours - carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.
The first misdemeanour carries a maximum sentence of nine months in prison, while the second carries a maximum of 90 days in jail.
Diamond said he never intended to stab anyone in the incident at The Grand Avenue Saloon.
The actor said he was protecting his girlfriend, Amanda Schutz, and believed Casey Smet hurt himself when he grabbed Diamond during the altercation.
Diamond displayed no emotion as the jury revealed their decision on Friday night after 13 hours of testimony and deliberations.
A date for sentencing has not been announced.
On the night in question, Diamond said some people at the bar had wanted to shake his hand and pose for photos, but others were badgering him and Schutz.
He said he was trying to scare drinkers at the bar after his girlfriend was punched in the face.
"I felt like we were being set up for antagonistic purposes," Diamond told the court.
Witnesses told the trial that Schutz pushed one woman and grabbed another's hand, initiating the incident.
She was found guilty of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanour that carries a maximum of 90 days in prison.
Diamond said he tried to help his girlfriend and took out his pocketknife to deter the group from harming her further.
Mr Smet told the court on Thursday he did not know he had been stabbed until he left the bar and was talking to the police.
The warning was made at the world's biggest conference on cancer, where it was revealed that obesity is killing tens of thousands of people every year in Britain.
Experts at the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago also warned that obesity is set to overtake tobacco as the leading preventable cause of the disease.
Jennifer Ligibel, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard University, told the conference: "The average weight of our citizens is increasing dramatically.
"We've really got a critical mass of evidence where we see this relationship, the heavier people are more at risk.
"I think people are aware that being overweight increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes - but not that it increases the risk of cancer and their risk of dying from cancer.
"It's the case with breast cancer, prostate cancer, cancer of the colon and all the gynaecological cancers."
Smoking is believed to be the cause of a quarter of Britain's 160,000 annual cancer deaths.
Dr Ligibel said obesity could surpass this figure in 10 to 15 years as people get fatter while cutting out cigarettes.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said: "The Secretary of State has already mentioned that tackling obesity and diabetes will be one of his major priorities for the new Government term."
Mr Gilligan, a father of four, was returning to New York after a business trip when his plane was forced to make an emergency landing. He was 55.
"This is deeply painful and frankly unimaginable for all of us who had the great fortune to work with Ed, and benefit from his insights, leadership and enthusiasm," American Express CEO Ken Chenault wrote in a letter to employees.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Lisa, and their four children - Katie, Meaghan, Kevin and Shane.
"He was a proud husband and father, and his love for his family was evident in all that he did."
No other details were provided by the company.
Mr Gilligan began working for American Express as a college intern 35 years ago.
He was named president of the company in 2013.
The deadly spores are supposed to be made harmless before being shipped out, but live samples were sent to 24 labs in 11 US states - as well as to South Korea and Australia.
The Pentagon previously said nine US states and an American air base south of Seoul had received "suspect samples".
It said there is "no known risk" to the general public and an "extremely low risk" to lab workers.
However, in a sign the US military is still coming to terms with the extent of the problem, it advised all labs to stop working with any "inactive" samples sent from the Defense Department.
To date, it has revealed that four lab workers in Texas, Delaware and Wisconsin are taking preventive measures that usually include the anthrax vaccine, antibiotics or both.
At Osan air base in South Korea, 22 military and civilian personnel have also been given precautionary medical measures.
The live samples all appear to have come from Dugway Proving Ground, a US Army base in Utah responsible for inactivation and shipping of biological material.
The shipments took place between March 2014 to April 2015 before being discovered earlier this month.
On Friday, US officials said the suspect samples sent to Australia came from a 2008 batch from Dugway, which was meant to be made inactive or "dead".
It is not clear when samples were sent out or where the samples were sent, other than Australia, officials said.
"We are still trying to figure out where the samples were sent," a source told AFP news agency.
The discovery has raised alarms in Congress, with Senator Bill Nelson calling it a "serious breach of trust" in the US Army's obligation to keep Americans and troops safe.
Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defence for acquisition, technology and logistics, is leading the Pentagon's investigation, including an examination of procedures for inactivating anthrax.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - one of the government's top civilian labs - has also launched an investigation.
The disclosure comes 11 months after the CDC also mishandled anthrax.
Researchers at a lab designed to handle dangerous pathogens sent what they believed were dead samples of anthrax to another CDC lab - one with fewer safeguards and therefore not authorised to work with live anthrax.
Scores of CDC employees could have been exposed to the live anthrax, but none became ill.
The anthrax bacteria sent out by Dugway Proving Ground was part of efforts "to develop a new diagnostic test to identify biological threats".
The lethal disease is spread by spores and has been used for bioweapons programmes in the US and elsewhere.
Its microscopic spores can be released without being detected and can be placed in powders or food.
In 2001, powdered anthrax spores were found in letters mailed in the US. Out of 22 people who were infected, five died.
The disease is deadly unless a patient is quickly given large doses of antibiotics.
Ross Ulbricht, 31, amassed a fortune of $18m (£11.7m) through a scheme that enabled millions in online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin.
During sentencing in Manhattan, Judge Katherine Forrest cited six deaths that resulted from overdoses of drugs bought on his website.
The judge said Ulbricht's efforts to arrange the murders of five people he deemed as threats to his business - although no bodies were found - was proof that Silk Road had not become the "world without restrictions, of ultimate freedom" that he claimed he sought.
Dismissing his attempt to characterise the business as a big mistake, Ms Forrest said: "It was a carefully planned life's work. It was your opus. You are no better a person than any other drug dealer."
Ulbricht, who has two college degrees, was handed two life sentences, plus five years, 15 years and 20 years to be served concurrently. He was also ordered to forfeit $183.9m (£120.2m).
He was convicted three months after a jury found him guilty of charges including conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, money laundering and computer hacking.
He carried out a million drug deals over three years from 2011 to 2013 until his arrest. The website, which he operated under the alias Dread Pirate Roberts, listed thousands of drugs under categories such as "Cannabis", ''Psychedelics" and "Stimulants".
Ms Forrest said she was "blown away in fury" at the "breathtakingly irresponsible" internet postings of a doctor who advised customers on Silk Road about the effects of various drugs.
Before the sentence was announced an apologetic Ulbricht said he was a changed man.
He said: "I've essentially ruined my life and broken the hearts of every member of my family and my closest friends.
"I'm not a self-centred sociopathic person that was trying to express some inner badness. I do love freedom."
As he left the courtroom, he carried with him photographs of those who died as a result of drugs purchased on Silk Road.
The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested on the Salary Brook Trail in the town at about 11am on Tuesday.
Essex Police said he was initially held on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon but was subsequently arrested over the death of Saudi student Nahid Almanea and that of James Attfield, who was stabbed multiple times in a park in March 2014.
Police warned the public at the time of the killings not to go out alone and to be vigilant.
Mr Attfield, 33, who was a vulnerable man with brain damage, was found fatally wounded in the town's Castle Park, and died later in hospital.
Ms Almanea, 31, was walking to lectures at the University of Essex, when she was killed on the Salary Brook Trail
CCTV footage taken from a newsagent showed Ms Almanea's last movements as she headed towards the footpath.
Officers said Ms Almanea would usually walk to the university with her brother, who she also lived with.
But because he had earlier lectures that day she was walking alone.
Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Worron, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: "We have received excellent backing throughout the investigations into both James and Nahid's deaths from the whole community in Colchester and I would like to thank them all again for their continued support.
"We are continuing our enquiries and if anyone believes they have any information relating to either James or Nahid's deaths, I would ask them to contact us as soon as possible."
Anyone with information should contact Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A man and a woman have been charged with murder after Phillip Nicholson was found dead in a flat in the Boscombe area of Bournemouth on Tuesday.
Police discovered the 22-year-old's body when they were called to the property in Mallard Grange, Sea Road, at around midday.
Isabella Gossling, 20, and Richard Brian Moors, 25, who are both from Bournemouth, were arrested on Wednesday.
The pair - who are known to the victim - are due to appear before Bournemouth Magistrates' Court on Saturday.
A statement issued by the force said: "Due to Dorset Police having had prior contact with people involved, the force has referred the circumstances leading to the murder to the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) for review."
Detectives say they want to speak to anyone who saw Mr Nicholson before his body was discovered.
Detective Chief Inspector Stewart Balmer, who is leading the investigation, said: "We are still building a picture of exactly what happened on Tuesday and continue to appeal for anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the Sea Road area of Boscombe that morning to contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting Op Fraction.
"We'd also like to speak to anyone who had recent contact with Phillip Nicholson or who may have any information that may support the inquiry.
"We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw Phillip leaving his home in the Parkstone area of Poole at around 9am on Tuesday morning to just after midday when his body was discovered in the flat in Sea Road.
"At this time Phillip was wearing a grey Family Guy T-shirt, a faded red jumper with a zip from the chest upwards, charcoal grey trousers and Crocs.
"He also wore a black bum bag around his waist."
Diamond, best known for playing Screech in the 1990s show Saved By The Bell, is charged with reckless endangerment and other offences stemming from the Wisconsin pub fight.
The 38-year-old told a jury on Friday that he was trying to protect his girlfriend, Amanda Schutz, and that he believes Casey Smet hurt himself when he grabbed the actor during the scuffle.
Diamond allegedly stabbed Mr Smet with a pocket knife during the altercation at The Grand Avenue Saloon in Port Washington, about 25 miles north of Milwaukee.
He testified that he took out the knife to deter the group from hurting Ms Schutz more.
"I figured it would take the fight out of the people," Diamond said.
Bethany Ward testified on Thursday that she punched Ms Schutz in the face during the altercation, but insisted that Ms Schutz initiated the fight.
Diamond, who has often courted controversy since his child-star days ended, described to jurors the events leading up to the scuffle.
"Things started getting louder. A woman started bumping into Amanda numerous times," he said.
As the night progressed, Diamond said the people at the next table started pointing and looking in his direction.
He told the court that after 30 years of being in the public eye he can tell when people start noticing him.
"They started taking pictures and laughing and making it a game to bump into us and try and capture it on video or camera," he said.
"We sensed that things were increasing. Everyone's phones came out.
"It felt like we were being set up for something to be on video for antagonistic purposes."
Diamond, who has pleaded not guilty, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Mr Smet, 25, was not seriously hurt.
He testified on Thursday that he did not know he had been stabbed until he left the bar and was talking to police.
The property that once served as the late pop star's home is being listed at $100m (£65.2m), according to The Wall Street Journal.
The ranch, which has faced an uncertain future since Jackson's death in 2009, contains a train station, six-bedroom house and 50-seat cinema.
But the amusement park rides are no more, and the orangutans and elephants are no longer on the site, the newspaper reports.
There is still a llama on the 2,700-acre (1,090-hectare) ranch, now called Sycamore Valley Ranch, in Los Olivos, California.
The listing agents told the newspaper they will be carrying out "extensive prequalification" of potential buyers before showing them around.
Jeffrey Hyland, of Hilton & Hyland, said: "Our seller is not encouraging a lot of showings. We're not going to be giving tours."
The pop star paid $19.5m (£12.7m) for the property back in 1988 and renamed it Neverland after Peter Pan's island dwelling.
Jackson defaulted on the $24.5m (£15.9m) he owed on the property in 2008, leading to the real estate company Colony Capital LLC bailing him out.
He distanced himself from the ranch after he was acquitted in 2005 of charges that he molested children there, choosing to live elsewhere.
The property includes:
2,700 acres and 22 structures
12,000 square foot house with six bedrooms and staff quarters
Four bedroom guest house
Two bedroom guest house
50-seat cinema with private viewing balcony and stage with trap door for magic shows
Train station and tracks
The Death Row Records co-founder is accused of deliberately running over Terry Carter, 55, and Cle "Bone" Sloan, 51, at a hamburger stand in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton in January.
Mr Carter was killed in the incident while Mr Sloan was badly injured.
Matt Fletcher contends in a motion that there is no case after Mr Sloan told a preliminary hearing in April that he was reluctant to testify as he does not want to be a "snitch".
"I will not be used to send Suge Knight to prison," he said at the 13 April hearing aimed at establishing whether there is enough evidence for Knight to stand trial.
Deputy district attorney Cynthia Barnes wrote in a brief filed before Friday's hearing that the witness identified Knight in an earlier interview with police.
Ms Barnes' filing also states other evidence presented during the hearing supports the murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run charges filed against Knight.
On Wednesday, Knight refused to leave his jail cell to attend a court hearing on robbery charges, saying he was ill.
A judge told him he will be forcibly extracted if he did so again.
Knight has pleaded not guilty in both cases.
If he is convicted at trial in the hit-and-run case he faces a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
Fuller House, as it will be called, will also see Lori Loughlin and John Stamos reprise their roles of Aunt Becky and Uncle Jesse.
Stamons tweeted on Thursday: "Last but not least-best piece of casting yet. The great @bobsaget will be joining our show on @netfilx - this completes the perfect reunon!"
He then tweeted again to apologise for his spelling errors.
Saget replied with: "How did you get this information? Kidding! Love you Jesse!"
Saget plays patriarch Danny Tanner.
The 13-episode series, which will be streamed in 2016, will follow DJ Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) as a recently-widowed veterinarian who is pregnant and living in San Francisco.
Twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will not return to play Michelle Tanner, the role they were cast in aged six months.
The original series ran from 1987 to 1995.
The plate - H982 FKL - was used on a Porsche that Jeremy Clarkson and crew took to South America to record their Patagonia special.
It caused a diplomatic incident when local Argentines became furious after they were alerted to the registration and threw rocks at the car.
The crew, including presenters Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, were clearly shaken up and had to flee the country to avoid further trouble.
Viewers suggested to the BBC Trust that the number plate was not randomly selected and had been deliberately chosen to annoy the Argentines.
Some felt the fact that the Patagonia special was aired over the Christmas period was particularly offensive.
One person even suggested the BBC was covering up what had happened and asked to be shown proof of purchase of the car with the registration plate so that the "amazing coincidence" would be disproved.
However, the BBC Trust disagreed.
Its complaints and appeals board said there was no evidence "which demonstrated that the use of the number plate was a deliberate reference to the Falklands War".
It is the second time the BBC has defended the makers of the programme - the BBC Executive originally rejected a complaint and it was then sent to the Trust on appeal.
The future of the massively-successful show is up in the air after Jeremy Clarkson's dismissal over a "fracas" with a programme producer.
The old wives' tale claimed mice were responsible - but it turns out the culprit is hay.
These "microscopically small hay particles" get into the milk and create holes as the liquid matures into cheese.
The discovery also solves another riddle - why the famous holes in cheeses like Emmentaler or Appenzeller have been getting smaller or disappearing completely over the last 15 years.
It is because the milk has been getting cleaner.
The Agroscope institute claims the transition to fully-automated, industrial milking systems had caused holes to decline.
"It's the disappearance of the traditional bucket," said spokesman Regis Nyffeler.
Researchers at the government-funded body carried out tests in which they added different amounts of hay dust to milk.
Agroscope said the subject had been under study since at least 1917.
Police and community leaders from the southwest town say the ban has led to less antisocial behaviour which, in turn, means the resort is booming.
In recent years Newquay had become better known as a place for boozy stag and hen parties than happy family holidaymakers.
But now, locals say, it is shedding the "Wild West" image it once had.
The change came after residents protested in 2009 after two teenagers fell separately to their deaths from cliffs during visits to the town.
The deaths were the last in a long line of troubles for exasperated locals.
They formed the Newquay Safe partnership to try to get rid of its increasingly poor reputation and "take back their town" from rampant party-goers.
Things have improved year-on-year since, with crime and antisocial behaviour figures falling.
Since the protests, reports of antisocial behaviour have dropped from 937 in 2009/10 to 485 in 2012/13.
Inspector Dave Meredith, the town's most senior policeman, said: "When you speak to anybody from patrol officers to PCSOs, partners in town, shopkeepers, everybody says Newquay has made a miraculous improvement.
"Did Newquay have a problem with its reputation five years ago? Almost certainly it did.
"Five or six years ago and more, Newquay was a little bit of a Wild West town. It had a bad reputation nationally.
"People expected to come to Newquay to drink a lot, behave irresponsibly; a lot of really young people came to Newquay and knew they had a good chance of getting drunk.
"Certainly we have clamped down on that and the image of Newquay now has certainly curtailed some of that."
Mr Meredith continued: "We have a really robust approach to alcohol-related disorder. That doesn't start when you arrive at a nightclub in Newquay - it starts at the marketing while they're at home.
"It's not completely the opposite now, but the town has successfully evolved into something which has a broader appeal to it."
At its worse, he said, problems would go "right the way through the night".
He said: "It would range from 16 to 18-year-olds mostly, at the younger end of the scale, but I wouldn't put all the blame on them.
"You're going up to 40 and 50-year-olds on stag nights - it was the stag culture of 'do what you like' - it was quite intense."
Resident Dave Sleeman, who helped organise the 2009 protests, is now the town's mayor.
He said: "I remember back in the 2000s you couldn't walk the streets on a Saturday without seeing someone wearing a mankini or what have you.
"But now they're not allowed in Newquay.
"The police will tell them to go home and get changed if they see them wearing one, and the guest houses and camp sites are pretty good at warning their guests about what's acceptable.
"I think we have turned the corner here."
Footage shows his vehicle being rammed as officers brought the two-hour pursuit to a crashing end.
The chase started in west Fort Worth at speeds of around 50mph, but the white Nissan then slowed down to barely 10mph, slow enough for the driver to pull off his shirt.
The man, named as 42-year-old Joe Gonzales, spent more than an hour talking to the police on a mobile phone, with a local television station reporting that he had told them he was scared.
TV footage shows the car crawling along with its hazard lights on.
The chase moved through to Arlington, with the car jumping kerbs and weaving through traffic.
It was only when Gonzales started driving the wrong way and returned to the interstate highway that police their lost patience.
A SWAT truck sped up alongside the car and smashed into it, sending it into a short spin before crashing into the central reservation.
Heavily-armed officers then approached, with Gonzales being pulled to the ground as he tried to escape through a window.
He was taken away in a stretcher.
Police said a considerable amount of methamphetamine was found inside the car and Gonzales now faces charges for evading arrest and possessing a controlled substance.
Desmond Drake became a local celebrity in Compton Martin, Somerset, after frightening other birds in the village pond for 25 years.
He was also known for his ability to eat large amounts of stale bread and cake, residents said.
But all that came to an end when villagers found a pile of feathers near the pond - and discovered Desmond had been eaten by a fox.
A notice went up in the local pub, The Ring O Bells, announcing Desmond had "sadly passed this week".
The pub said a wake will be held this week to remember his years in the village.
Resident Andrew Griffiths said Desmond was a "village icon" and there was even a local society named after him.
"He will be sadly missed, both for his propensity to consume stale bread and cake, along with his ability to toss upstart young moorhens all over the place," he told the Western Daily Press.
"He has been a permanent fixture of the pond, for in excess of 25 years, outliving all his contemporaries.
"He has brought much joy and happiness to people of all ages. He will be sadly missed and so can never be replaced.
"We said we would have a wake for the duck. When we decide to do it we will drop the flag to half-mast on the church.
"We will all have a drink in the pub. He was a very long serving duck and member of the community.
"He became family, he became a village icon. There was even a little society, the blood of the duck, and we would drink whiskey with a duck egg in.
"Lots of people have been giving their condolences since his death."
Gao Bingguo, from Tai'an City in east China's Shandong Province, has been a beekeeper for more than 30 years.
The 55-year old began the challenge on Monday morning, helped by other beekeepers who swamped him with large balls of bees from hundreds of hives
In order to attract the bees, Mr Gao attached dozens of queen bees to his body.
He managed to break the record within an hour, the judges revealed.
"After we checked and searched database, and witnessed it at scene, we announce, Mr Gao Bingguo successfully breaks the record," said judge Luo Xing.
The previous record of 83.5kg (13st 2oz) was set by fellow beekeeper Zhang Wei from China's northwestern Shaanxi Province.
Ten thousand bees are said to weigh approximately one kilo, so it works out that Mr Gao's body was covered by about 1.1 million bees at one point.