Oxfordshire Live: Friday 17 March

Oxford United superfan Steve Dyer dies of cancer


Earlier we reported
that a fine
was likely to be imposed today on Thames Water, after it admitted water pollution and other offences at sewage facilities in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. 


@BBCOxford: Oxford United superfan Steve Dyer dies of cancer

Scientists at Oxford say they’ve invented an artificial intelligence system that can lip-read better than humans.

The system, which has been trained on thousands of hours of BBC News programmes, has been developed in collaboration with Google’s DeepMind AI division.

“Watch, Attend and Spell”, as the system has been called, can now watch silent speech and get about 50% of the words correct. That may not sound too impressive – but when the researchers supplied the same clips to professional lip-readers, they got only 12% of words right.

The car stopped and a physical altercation took place between two offenders and the victim before the offenders then drove away.

The victim, a 29-year-old man, did not sustain any injuries during the incident. Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

A video about homeless people lending a hand to confused drivers who can’t work out how to use Oxford’s parking machines has attracted a fair few comments on our Facebook page.

Michelle Stimpson said: “I’ve used that car park and the homeless people genuinely are happy to help and if they save me money I cant see the harm in giving them a small amount back seeing as they sit there and haven’t got anywhere else to go and they’re not really causing any one any harm just helping.” 

Franca Potts said: “They do that in the car parks in France in the hope you will give them something. It usually works!”  

Raph Maroneyt said: “Those guys have been there for years doing that, the one guy there sells nice art too.”

The 59-year-old was given four months to live when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer in November 2015. He was from Oxford but had moved to New Hampshire in the US.

Steve flew back to the UK to watch the U’s play at Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final last April and was invited to meet the team.

The club made him an honorary member of the team for the rest of the season, listing him as number 12 on the official team list and match programme.

Oxfordshire Live: Friday 17 March