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Countdown to Des

A veteran entertainer has landed the role on a popular afternoon TV quiz show. Des O'Connor, 74, will replace Countdown's current host Desmond Lynam who announced he will step down after just 18 months in charge. Grandstand host Lynam quit after he was unhappy with commuting some 250 miles from his Worthing home in West Sussex. Comedian and entertainer O'Connor, who lives in Buckinghamshire, said he had had a 'fun' day in the production studios in Leeds working with arithmetic brain Carol Vorderman. Lynam took over from Richard Whiteley in 2005 after his tragic death.

Gunners fire down Reds

Fiery Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looked on top of the world tonight. His team romped home to a 3 - 0 victory over struggling Liverpool, who have still yet to break the away trap. Wenger's team win is a rest bite from all the antics of last weeks confrontation with West Ham boss Alan Pardew. His team's performance in the first half was dubious but the deadlock was broken when Mathieu Flamini managed to weave the ball past the Liverpool keeper to score only his second goal in the premiership.

The word on the street...Roll Deep

Chris Gaynor

Ambitious plans to eradicate the scourge of gun crime has been launched by the metropolitan police.

Operation Trident are turning their attention to music by introducing band Roll Deep'and music video director, Jake Nava to deliver an anti gun message.

'Badman,' is the music track which will attempt to make young people aware to the affects of gun crime. Nava, brought up in Hackney, but now living in America has directed music videos for artists such as Kellis and Beyonce.

X Factor judges continue slanging match

It was business as usual for the feuding judges on the X factor. But Louis Walsh came out on top this week as both his pop bands stay firmly centre stage. Two of Simon Cowell's pop acts were competing head to head to stay in the show. Ray continued his swing theme and Nikita sang 'Let's Dance,' but in the end was voted off by her mentor Cowell. The PR man was left speechless as two of his acts went head to head. In the end, he said: 'These two should never have been in the bottom two tonight.'

Tories unveil potential limits on immigration

Fiesty Tory leader David Cameron has unveiled potential plans to limit the number of economic migrants coming into this country. Plans for a quota style system to control numbers of migrants crossing our borders could be a welcome relief for thousands of voters. Former Tory leader Michael Howard backed a quota system at the last general election but was hammered in the polls. Cameron's shift from gimmick politics to potential sensitive policy could be the key to the Tories grabbing power at the next general election.

Fireworks: a pain in the backside

It takes on a whole new meaning of a 'pain in the backside.' A 22 year old man suffered serious internal injuries after trying to light a firework up his rear end. The Sunderland prankster was fooling around on Bonfire Night and it is claimed he had been trying to copy a scene from a movie or television programme. He was attempting to launch a Blackcat Thunderbolt Rocket up his bottom which backfired and injured him in the colon. A spokesman for the North East Ambulance Service said that the prank could have proved fatal.

Democrats nail Bush in mid term elections

Democrats are celebrating a sweet victory today in the mid term elections. The party that battled hard over the state of the war in Iraq seized the House of Representatives and are just a seat away in Virginia from grabbing power in the Senate. Across the nation people cast their ballot as the political landscape in America changed from Republican to Democrat. George W Bush junior is still in power but now faces tough opposition as the Democrats will have the will to scupper his conservative legislative process.

Football in the doghouse

The weekend's controversy surrounding the antics of Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and referee Graham Poll have not blown away in the wind. It has emerged that Bolton Wonderer's star El-Hadji Diouf Has been arrested for allegedly beating up his wife. The premiership striker was alleged to have assaulted his wife in the early hours of Sunday Morning as police were called to his residence where his wife reported a cut lip.

Mayor Livingstone on his way home

LONDON MAYOR Ken Livingstone faces humiliation tonight, writes Chris Gaynor.

A planned visit to Venezuela to secure a huge oil deal with President Hugo Chavez has been cancelled.

Red Ken was supposed to be securing the deal which would allow Londoners cheap oil prices for the poorest in the city.

Premiership Kings toppled by Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur have toppled the Premiership Kings Chelsea in a 90 min nailbiting game. Martin Jol's men from White Hart lane managed to outplay Jose Mourihno's boys in blue as Spurs played with a dogged determination to win the match. Chelsea scored first through a sweetly struck volley from an unlikely source, Claude Makelele. Spurs managed to equalise through a set play which found the head of Dawson. Jol changed his formation in the second half as Aaron Lennon switched to the right flanks to pressurise Ashley Cole.