Major car sales firm Border Cars, which employs hundreds of people across the county and in south west Scotland, is in financial turmoil.

The firm, which has branches in Carlisle, Workington and three further sites in Scotland including Dumfries, has confirmed that it is facing difficulty.

In a statement reported today, Border Cars, which employs more than 200 people, admitted that "the company has now entered financial difficulty".

However a spokesman for for Companies House confirmed that they have "received no filings to place [Border Cars] into administration".

An email seen by The News & Star sent to Border Cars employees on behalf of the company's owners states: "As I am sure you are now all aware, Border Cars has recently suffered issues with cash flow."

"We are not currently in administration, however it may [have] to happen soon."

* Border Motor Group, (which has dealerships in Carlisle, Dumfries, and St Boswells, Scotland), has assured everyone who has seen or heard speculation regarding the future of troubled Border Cars that they have no connection whatsoever to Border Motor Group, who represent Toyota, Lexus, Hyundai, and Skoda, along with Volkwagen approved used under our trading name of Lawries and its Car Deal Supermarket used car brand.