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Six men will serve between six and eight years after a series
of raids on jewellers including in Oxford, Bicester
How highly organised, the military precision, and I think the sentences
reflect the severity of the crimes themselves.
Also, a way round the problem, thousands back a plan
And scientists say they've invented an artificial intelligence system
that can lip-read better than humans and it's thanks in part to BBC News.
And later on, a test of endurance on the Thames for the famous
newlyweds raising money to save part of the rainforest in Borneo.
A gang of men who stole more than ?3 million worth of jewellery
from shops right across Britain, including Oxford and Milton Keynes,
have today been jailed for a total of 47 years.
The men cycled to raids to avoid their cars being picked up
on number plate recognition systems and left traps so that the police
Armed with sledgehammers, they smash their way
into Goldsmith's jewellery shop in Oxford's Clarendon centre.
Caught on CCTV on New Year's Eve 2015 stuffing expensive
Suspects carried umbrellas to protect their identities,
and this man in the high visibility jacket used a wheelie bin to carry
This Romanian crime gang targeted 11 jewellery stores across the country.
Today they've been sentenced at Stoke on Trent Crown Court
to a total of 47 years for conspiring to commit burglaries.
The gang used delay tactics to prevent the police from getting
Here they set up metal cables between the lamposts
and at the other end of Queens Street.
The barricade prevented police from reaching the Clarendon Centre
It's a tactic they used across the country in raids netting
The gang launched their spree in Milton Keynes in November 2015
targeting the Fraser Hart jewellers in Centre MK.
They started a fire and padlocked a chain across the road to delay
They also carried out a burglary on the Mont Blanc store
That level of criminality, how highly organised,
military precision of how they actually executed,
sophistication and planning around it, clearly not acceptable
within the United Kingdom and I think the sentencing
reflects the severity of the crimes themselves.
The burglars cycled to some of the jobs to avoid being
Today they're beginning prison sentences ranging from six and half
One further man is due to be sentenced later this month.
A five-year-old boy who died in a stabbing in Faringdon
Tyler Warmington suffered knife wounds to the chest in the incident
A 40-year-old woman who was arrested at the scene has been released
A former Formula one motor racing driver from Oxford has failed
to get a driving ban for speeding overturned.
Susie Wolff, who drove for Williams between 2012 and 2015,
was caught doing 35 miles per hour in a 30 zone.
Oxford Crown Court heard she already had nine points on her licence.
She was banned for six months last November.
More than 3000 people have signed a petition calling for a trunk road
At the moment commuters travelling to London Bicester and other
destinations are having to drive through the middle of the town.
Residents say the problem is getting worse as more homes are built.
Traffic, often a daily nightmare for drivers across Aylesbury.
You never know how long it's going to take you to get to work.
Some days it's 20 minutes, a journey which should take 20
minutes can take you up to two hours.
Kevin says commuters are having to travel through rather
Any hiccups, like a burst watermain on the A41 last week,
More than 30,000 homes are planned for Aylesbury
over the next 16 years, and that means more cars.
A relief road has already been built in the west, paid
Another one in the east would depend on new houses there too.
Kevin started an online petition a week ago.
So just tell me exactly where you want the trunk road to be.
The A41 dual carriageway just the south of town,
needs be extended all the way around to the north of the town
over Bierton, around the north of the town,
skirting the new developments and then joining back up with the A41.
Reality is, it's only through the link road
because a trunk road would cost far, far more money and we
So we're doing what's deliverable, what's affordable, and actually
One councillor says an answer can't come quick enough.
She says the area's been gridlocked four times in the past three weeks.
I don't know if it's realistic or optimistic, but it's
definitely something that needs to be looked at.
There's got to be some highway improvements.
With no solution on the horizon, drivers and other residents
The Cotswolds MP has warned the Prime Minister that she's facing
defeat over a new funding formula for schools.
Conservative Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has spoken out against
It comes as a new report by the Educational Policy Institute
warns that changes over the next few years will leave almost
One thing you can't fail to notice if you travel
to the Cheltenham Festival are the number of ticket touts,
both in town and at the entrance to the racecourse.
It's been a huge source of complaints, and this year
It does seem if you haven't got a ticket for the races,
getting one on the streets isn't a problem.
Tickets, anyone want tickets, tickets?
We saw plenty of people offering tickets and selling.
Something which isn't illegal but you do need a licence.
If you want to sell anything on the street, whether that be
tickets or if you've got anything, you need a street trading licence.
And from the work we've done this week, we know that the majority
of the touts out there don't have a street trading licence
or a pedlar's certificate from the police authority to sell.
So they are, the majority of them are selling illegally.
For the first time people suspected of ticket touting in Cheltenham
are being targetted by police and licencing teams.
He didn't have a pedlar's certificate which is an offence,
as a result we seized one ticket from him.
We seized that as the police and we've passed his details
onto the borough council who will make a decision
This man near the race course admitted selling tickets
If you fail to have a peddler certificate,
Officials at the racecourse say complaints about ticket touts
are high up the list, and with the problem of often
overpriced and some fake tickets, the time has come to do
We want our racegoers to come here and have an enjoyable time,
not be pestered by the nuisance and sometimes pretty aggressive
Not surprisingly, nobody suspected of touting that we spoke to wanted
to be interviewed on camera, although one man did tell me
he was upset his honest trade was being targetted,
but others were legitimate, like this man who had
But as the crackdown has gone on this week,
many of those suspected of being ticket touts
They've adapted, they've seen us out on the street,
we've spoken to them, given them the warnings
They've had information in paperwork.
But they are still out and no doubt they are still selling.
This year was a soft approach, a warning to the touts.
But the racecourse says they eventually want to try
Scientists have developed a machine that can lip-read with more
And Oxford United fan who had been suffering from cancer but who
travelled from America to see the club play last year has died. The
club and fans are planning tributes to him.
Scientists have developed a machine that can lip-read with more
Researchers at Oxford University used lip movements from thousands
of hours of BBC news programmes including Breakfast,
Here's our technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones.
At the Action for Hearing Loss charity, Edward is trying
to have a conversation with a colleague.
With lots of noise coming into the office from the street,
his lip-reading skills come in useful.
It can be very hard as well because sometimes some words can
sound the same or could be lip-read the same, and so it's
all about getting into context and seeing what people actually talk
But in Oxford, research is under way to teach computers
It's involved training an artificial intelligence system using thousands
So the box around the lips is the region that the AI system is seeing.
Joon Son Chung, whose project this is, shares Edward's view
So lip-reading is a very difficult problem because there are visual
For example pat, bat and mat are visually identical.
By endlessly watching clips of Breakfast, Newsnight and other
BBC News programmes, the computer teaches
What the system does is learn things that occur together.
So in this case they're the mouth shapes and the characters,
and what the likely upcoming characters are, given
Let's try it with some words it already understands.
The Prime Minister is at a European Union summit.
Now, the system has heard those words in that context before
But to get better, it will have to chew through a lot more data.
There's a long way to go but the hearing loss charity
This would help people with when they're watching
subtitles on television, this will help people when they're
out and about in very noisy environments and it's by no means
technology that will replace a professional lip-reader.
It's something that would very much support professional lip-readers
to improve the accuracy of the work that they do.
Right now the technology only works on full sentences in recorded clips.
The next stage is to make it work live.
But first the computer is going to be watching
I'm very self-conscious suddenly about the way my lips are moving!
Stay with us for weather details with Sam Fraser.
The windy weekend to come and the kickers in the Grand Slam match in
Dublin tomorrow will be advised that the wind is coming from the West.
She's one of the world's most infamous serial killers.
It's believed Amelia Dyer murdered as many as 400
A family in Reading has made an extraordinary discovery
Our Home Affairs Correspondent Peter Cooke has been investigating.
I was born in the bedroom just here. This is where we uncovered something
we didn't expect to. A clearout of a family loft
led Richard Anderson Inside materials used by Victorian
serial killer Amelia Dyer. Materials which helped Richard's
relative arrest her. When I found out that my
great-great-grandfather was the detective who arrested her, we put
two and two together and realised what a grisly thing we had up in the
loft. He's now donated it
to Thames Valley Police's Museum. This was the address of Amelia,
which was from a previous marriage. This is very macabre. This is the
tape that was used to strangle her victim.
Helena Fry just one of hundreds of victims.
A lack of social support for single mothers led to the creation
People acting as fostering agents to take care of children.
There was a trade going on. How much would it cost to kill a child?
Anywhere between ?5 and ?80. Amelia Dyer used to advertise her
services in local papers but killed many of the infants given
to her within days. If the mother paid a weekly fee, the
child would more likely survive. But if she paid a one-off premium it was
effectively a death sentence. Dyer never fully
admitted what she did. As recounted by crime writer
Angela BuckleyHer crimes resonated Her accounts left no doubt that she
was guilty of the murders. And her crimes resonated throughout
the country. The idea of women killing anyone was
shocking but killing babies was beyond the pale. Victorian residence
of Caversham were particularly horrified by the events on their
doorstep. Amelia Dyer was a mother
who became known as a monster. She was hanged for her "baby
farming" murders in 1896. Extraordinary story. On to support
no hand, my goodness, it was a great Gold Cup race. I don't know if you
were watching it. And the same outcome as last year.
There was to be no fairy tale for
In fact they saw a remarkable moment as history repeated
Kris Temple is live at the course, Kris, high hopes for the Tizzard
runners, but the champagne corks popping elsewhere tonight.
Yes, 12 months ago we were stood here and it was about as cold as it
is now and we were hoping it would be Cue Card for Colin Tizzard. But
it was not Cue Card's here again. His warrior like attitude mean the
public are fallen in love with him but unfortunately for Cue Card,
falling was again the story of the day.
Both of Colin Tizzard's horses had questions to answer ahead of the
race. In one of the most wide-open Gold cups for years, racegoers were
split. I think Cue Card this year.
He seems to be the People's horse. I think so. He missed his chance
last year so we will what happens. Native River. Colin Tizard -- Colin
Tizzard has a strong hand. Cue Card. I bet on him last year and
am looking to get my money back this year.
He took them along in the early stages. Last year, Cue Card fell
three from the finish as the race hotted up. 12 months on at the same
fence, with the temperature increasing, Cue Card again came a
cropper again. He has fallen again! Cue Card falls
for the second year running. The trainer's course just pipped by
the winner, native John. I'm sad that Cue Card fell but he is
absolutely fine. Paddy is fine so there's no reason why we can't have
another day. That might be the end of Cue Card's
career but for the second year in a row, the people's darling found that
fence just a step too far. You heard, to there from John Hunt,
who joins us now. Was Cue Card is going to be the favourite before he
fell? I would love to say yes but I think
you are starting to feel the pinch. Unlike last year when he was the
favourites, he was only six at best this year. Sad to see but I don't
think it would have happened anyway. Do you think we will see him back
for another go at this? I think that is hard to see. The
finishers were all seven-year-olds and he is 12. It is a young man's
game. I would love to see him but I somehow doubt it.
And a word for Native River. He has done well, the Welsh
National, a real terrier. I called him the prize fighter and he was
there all the way but couldn't quite sustain it. What a super horse. Only
seven, he could go on to greater things.
I'm sure we will see Native River here again. Will we see Cue Card? We
asked Colin Tizzard how he would relax and he said he was for a few
pints of Guinness for St Patrick's Day. The gauges is out I did not get
your message, Sally, to put your bet on so you have saved a few pounds.
The Football League weekend kicks off tonight with Reading's trip
to Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship.
the table but coming off defeat at Preston last week.
Sheffield Wednesday are just a place below them.
Defenders Liam Moore and Paul McShane could both
Reading have struggled in recent weeks but the manager
We are in the position we are now because we played well
Of course you want to win every game but we are realistic as well.
We are not in a position to say we can beat everybody.
The thing is, in how we played in the last couple of games,
the games we lost as well, is the mistakes we made,
not because the other teams were better than us.
As well as that big clash at Hillsborough tonight,
Brighton have a tricky test at a Leeds side who are
The Premier League action sees Bournemouth host Swansea at 5:30.
Another win for the Cherries and they'd see
Among the league one fixtures Oxford hope to close the gap
on the top six when they host Scunthorpe and Portsmouth go
for a fourth consecutive away win as they keep up the pressure
Follow al the games, across BBC platforms tomorrow
including live commentary on local radio.
Dorset golfer Georgia Hall made a stunning start to the world ladies
The 20-year-old player, who has recently changed her clubs,
shot a first round of 67, that's six under par to lead
the event which has a total prize pot of half a million pounds.
Well done and keep it going over the remaining two rounds.
Can you imagine how I would have felt if I had picked the winner and
he had not put my ticket on. Now, staying with sport,
Olympic golden girl, Helen Glover, has already proved she's got what it
takes in the world of rowing. Luckily help is at hand
from her TV presenter Together the couple are taking
on one of the toughest contests on the water -
paddling nonstop along the Thames It's all to raise money to a cause
very close to their hearts - Early morning on the Thames
and this husband and wife Wildlife presenter Steve Backshall
has been kayaking since he was 13. When the day is like today
and it is blue skies and sunshine all you want to do is get
on the water but so far we have had In the dark, at night,
early in the morning. It's horrible,
it's absolutely horrible. Olympic rower Helen Glover has
certainly proved her skills on the water but canoeing
through the night from Devizes to Westminster will be like nothing
she has done before. I'm used to racing a seven minute
race and this is going to be, So it is entirely different and that
has been part of the fun of it because I've been trying to perfect
a sport for ten years. I've been trying to be the best
in the world at it and this This is trying to learn a sport
within about six weeks. The race starts 125 miles upstream
from here and en route competitors must carry their canoes around
77 locks in a feat that has been compared to the equivalent
of running a marathon with a boat When you hear that around a quarter
of those who started last time didn't make it to the finish line,
you understand why many describe This mossy forest is one of the most
mystical environments on the planet. Steve Backshall has toughed it out
before around the world and closer This time he is competing with
Helen to raise funds to buy an area of rainforest in Borneo to stop it
being turned into It's this gallery forest that runs
alongside a river and stretches At present it functions
as a perfect wildlife corridor, a way that pygmy elephants
and orangutans and proboscis monkeys can move around and disburse
between two environments. But it is under threat
and it will be cut down We saw this opportunity
and we thought we have to do a big challenge if we are going to raise
enough money to make a difference. But also for me, coming off
the back of an Olympic year, a challenge like this gives me
a goal, keeps me focused. The couple have just four weeks
left before the embark You can't see much more about that
challenge on our Facebook page. Time for the weather. I've saved a bit of
money, he has made a lot of money and it is your birthday. I wonder
where that could go. At ?10 will buy where that could go. At ?10 will buy
me a glass of Pacifico. A stunning start to the day
in Bournemouth, captured here by Viktoria Korosi
but it wasn't long before This is the weir at Durweston,
thanks to Tony Gaffney. St Patrick's Day donned bright with
some sunshine but it wasn't long before the cloudy and windy weather
came in. You will really notice that westerly breeze as the wind picks
up. But it shouldn't be too cold under the cloudy skies. And we stay
largely dry. Tomorrow dawns cloudy and breezy. Temperatures are mild
and other cloudy skies. As we go through Saturday evening, we keep
the cloud and the winds. You are going to notice those strong
westerlies tomorrow evening but we are at least try again and with mild
temperatures. As we head into Sunday, the cloudy and mail team
continues. We will start to see strong winds, especially through the
coast, so you will notice those and may just see some rain loan and on
those westerly winds. Mostly dry before the evening before a band of
rain makes its way into our patch. For the weekend, a big sporting
weekend, Saturday is mainly dry but it will be very windy so anybody
kicking a football or a rugby ball will need to bear that in mind.
Sunday we stay cloudy. Mainly dry but the chance of rain later. Breezy
as well. Monday is a cooler of fear. It will be cloudy but it will also
be showery. On Tuesday, skies brightened, when disease and we see
some sunshine and that should stay until the middle of the week.
It is getting colder. That is all from us. I don't know what sport you
are watching but I know what I am doing. Only one place to be. The
rugby. Enjoy your weekend. Goodbye. It was the most beautiful view
I've ever been through. For one second, I was swimming on my
back, and I was looking to the sky. I was swimming across
the Aegean Sea. I was a refugee,
going from Syria to Germany. This is my life, my career!
I did not frame him. This is my life, my career!
I did not frame him.