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  1. Updates on Thursday 29 June 2017

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Our updates have now ended for the day.

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with the news, sport, weather and travel for Cumbria.

Here's a recap of today's main stories:

If you've got any stories or photos to share in the meantime, let us know by sending us an email or getting in touch via Facebook or Twitter.

Weather: Cloudy and damp with some drier spells

BBC Weather

Staying generally damp and cloudy with a little bit more rain.

Some longer dry spells should develop through the night.

Feeling mild with lows of 13C (61F)

Check the latest forecast for your area with BBC Weather.

How Annie Conway went from weekend fun runner to world champion

The way Annie Conway tells it, the transition from Parkruns to world champion was just a hobby getting happily out of hand.

The Ambleside running club member became World Long Distance Mountain Running Champion in 2016.

This is how she got into running.

Annie Conway
British Athletics

Merseyside police ask for help with murder inquiry

Merseyside detectives investigating the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old say they want to speak to a man who may be in Cumbria.

Yusuf Sonko was found injured on the evening of 3 June in Liverpool and was pronounced dead later.

They're appealing for 22-year-old Jason Curry from Toxteth to contact them.

22-year-old Jason Curry from Toxteth
Merseyside Police

New county council cabinet revealed

Earlier today, Labour group leader Stewart Young was elected Cumbria County Council leader with the support of the Liberal Democrats and three independent councillors.

Here is the full cabinet line-up:

  • Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance - Ian Stewart (Liberal Democrat)
  • Children`s Services (Statutory Lead Member for Children`s Services) - Anne Burns (Labour)
  • Schools and Learning - Sue Sanderson (Liberal Democrat)
  • Health and Care Services - Peter Thornton (Liberal Democrat)
  • Highways and Transport - Keith Little (Labour)
  • Public Health and Community Services - Deborah Earl (Labour)
  • Environment - Celia Tibble (Labour)
  • Economic Development - David Southward (Labour)
  • Customer Services, Transformation and Community Safety - Janet Willis (Liberal Democrat)

Sport: Keith Curle on the chase for Hallam Hope

More on the story that Carlisle United have signed two players, Hallam Hope and Kelvin Etuhu, after they were released from Bury.

Hallam seems to be a special signing for Carlisle United manager Keith Curle

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Felltop safety concerns from Mountain Rescuers

There are fears that some people are putting their lives at risk by going onto the Cumbrian fells unprepared.

Mountain Rescuers say that, despite warnings, they're often called out to people who've got lost because they can't read a map, while others aren't dressed appropriately or aren't carrying the right equipment.

Ordnance Survey and Mountain Rescue England and Wales are working on a campaign to encourage walkers to be better prepared.

Some of the campaign's advice includes:

  • Plan ahead
  • Check weather conditions
  • Practice your navigation skills
  • Carry and wear the right kit

Our messages are getting through but we're still getting a tremendous number of people who are going out there who really are not prepared and get themselves into serious trouble.

Richard WarrenLake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association

County Council leader: 'Our administration is legitimate'

More now on a Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition taking control of Cumbria County Council as a minority administration.

The newly elected leader Stewart Young spoke to BBC Cumbria's political reporter Bob Cooper following the meeting.

He asked the Labour group leader if it was fair for a coalition to take control, excluding the Conservatives.

They are the largest party but most people voted for either Labour, the Liberal Democrats or the three independents who supported us today. That's the reality if you add up the votes.

Councillor Stewart YoungLeader, Cumbria County Council

Both of Cumbria's high rise buildings given cladding all clear

Carlisle's Civic Centre and Kendal's Sand Aire House

The only two buildings in Cumbria to be classed as high rise have been found to have no cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower.

Fire safety audits have been carried out on the Civic Centre in Carlisle and Sand Aire House in Kendal, which is a private block of flats.

All fire and rescue services were asked to review any buildings which were over six stories high in their area following the fire at Grenfell Tower.

South Cumbrian teenager remanded on terror charge

A man has appeared in court accused of a terror offence.

Ethan Stables, 19, is accused of possessing documents useful to people preparing or committing acts of terrorism.

He's said to have possessed a copy of a document called the Anarchists' Cookbook.

The unemployed teenager, from Egerton Court in Barrow-in-Furness, appeared at Westminister Magistrates' Court earlier and spoke only to confirm his personal details.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at the Old Bailey on 20 July 2017.

Sport: Brentford goalkeeper signs loan deal

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Brentford goalkeeper Jack Bonham
Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Brentford goalkeeper Jack Bonham has signed a six-month loan deal with Carlisle United.

It takes him through to 1 January 2018.

United say they're hopeful of having further new signings involved this week in pre-season

The club's first pre-season game is on 8 June when they face Carlisle City at Gifford Park.

Council leader hopeful about next four years

Labour's Stewart Young is elected leader of Cumbria County Council
Labour councillor Stewart Young has been elected leader of Cumbria County Council with the support of the Liberal Democrats
Patrick Brough

Morecambe sign defender Patrick Brough following his release by League Two rivals Carlisle.

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Analysis: A history of coalition politics in Cumbria

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

In national politics we’re used to majority governments, or at least governments led by the party that won the most seats.

But in local government, different types of coalition and minority administrations are more common.

This is partly because there’s no mechanism for calling an early election, so councillors have to find ways of getting through council business for the full term.

Today, Labour and the Lib Dems have formed a coalition on Cumbria County Council, despite the Conservatives taking the most seats in last month’s local elections.

The Conservatives aren’t happy about this, but Labour has also been in the same position – up until 2008 the Conservatives and Lib Dems ran the council, despite Labour being the largest party.

Your photos: A launch on Derwentwater

Thanks to Eric Carpenter from Washington in the North East for sharing this photo of a Keswick Launch on Derwentwater.

A Keswick launch on Derwentwater
Eric Carpenter

If you like seeing photos of the county, BBC Weather Watchers is full of them.

Hallam Hope

League Two Carlisle sign striker Hallam Hope and midfielder Kelvin Etuhu following their release from Bury.

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BreakingLabour's Stewart Young elected county council leader

The Labour group leader Stewart Young has been elected leader of Cumbria County Council at its annual general meeting in Kendal.

He was elected by 44 votes, eight more than his rival the Conservative group leader James Airey.

After the local elections left no party with a majority, Labour agreed a deal to go into coalition with the Liberal Democrats on the county council.

That's despite the Conservatives having the most councillors with 37.

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Who's been elected to Cumbria County Council?

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Doughnut graph showing the political makeup of Cumbria County Council.

Here's how the council breaks down following the 2017 local elections.

The Conservatives made big gains then to become the largest party with 37 seats.

The combined Labour-Liberal Democrat group has 42 councillors.

There are 5 independent councillors and 2 of those councillors are part of the West Cumbria Independent Group.

43 seats are needed to have a full majority on the council.

Your photos: Sun sets over the Duddon Valley

Sunset over Duddon Valley
Judith Morris

Thanks to Judith Morris for sharing this photo she took yesterday near Coniston of the sun setting over the Duddon Valley.

A beautiful photograph, even through the heavy rain!

The weather on the fells

BBC Weather

Here's the fell forecast for daylight hours today

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 6C.
  • Winds: Strong to gale force northeasterly, gusting 55mph.
  • Cloud: Widespread cloud 2,000ft (600m), occasionally down to 1,000ft (300m) at times, with cloud becoming more broken later especially in the southwest.
  • Visibility: Moderate or poor, locally good in the southwest.
  • Freezing level: Well above the tops.

Lake District Weatherline also records observations from Helvellyn regularly to help walkers and climbers understand fell top conditions.

County councillors to choose leader

Labour group leader Cllr Stewart Young
Cumbria County Council

There will be a vote today to decide who will lead the Cumbrian council responsible for running many of the county's important services such as adult social care, children's care and education.

It's expected that Labour group leader Stewart Young (pictured) will be elected leader after his party agreed to a deal with the Liberal Democrat group on Cumbria County Council earlier this month.

His election would require the support of at least one other independent or Conservative councillor as the Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition is one seat short of an overall majority.

Despite becoming the largest party following May's local elections, the Conservatives are likely to become the opposition group after falling short of a majority of seats.

Weather: Cloudy, cool and damp

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudy and damp day with a northerly breeze and spells of patchy rain which will be heaviest first thing.

Feeling cool with highs of 15C (59F).

Here's your full forecast

Weather: North East and Cumbria

Get the outlook for your area with BBC Weather.

Man convicted for head-on crash

Cumbria Police car
Cumbria Police

David Bennell, 82, had "no chance" of avoiding Calum Wilkinson's car, Carlisle Crown Court hears.

Cumbria Police car

Man convicted for head-on crash

David Bennell, 82, had "no chance" of avoiding Calum Wilkinson's car, Carlisle Crown Court hears.

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Teenager charged with terrorism offence

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Cumbria Police say a 19-year-old was arrested on suspicion of threats to kill.

Cumbria Police van badge

Teenager charged with terrorism offence

Cumbria Police say a 19-year-old was arrested on suspicion of threats to kill.

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Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Good morning.

I hope you weren't expecting to get Summer back any time soon because today's forecast is looking very damp.

We'll have live updates on Cumbria's news, sport, weather and travel throughout the day until 16:00.

If you've got a story or would like to see one of your own photo here, let us know by sending us an email or getting in touch via Facebook or Twitter.