"It's inevitable that we will see some of this die-back disease in Cumbria. It's a problem that's been going on in Europe for a number of years now and now that it's in Britain it's going to spread relentlessly probably north and further west so I do expect we will see it at some point sooner or later in Cumbria and we'll have to deal with it when it comes here."
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A look ahead at the weekend forecast for the Border region.
A number of new and ongoing road improvements are planned for Monday 24 July to Sunday 30 July across the region.
A driver whose illegal over-taking led to him crashing his car head-on into another car, has been jailed today for two-and-a-half years.