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National: Good result in the banking sector

PUBLISHED: 11:41 30 April 2014

Archant

Success for Santander in the UK

Santander’s UK arm reported pre-tax profits of £416 million in the first quarter of the year, up 48% on a year ago as bad debt provisions continued to fall.

It provided £5.7 billion of mortgages, including £1 billion to first time buyers and £62 million under Help to Buy.

Lending to UK corporates rose to £22.9 billion, up 12% from a year ago, with £1.1 billion of gross lending to SMEs.

The remains of an outdoor classroom set alight in Ipswich’s Christchurch Park have again been hit by fire.

Birch Farm Nursery in Hintlesham, which was given an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted in December, has made significant progress to gain the requires improvement rating on its re-inspection last month.

A 51-year-old benefit cheat who was overpaid £26,000 has been sentenced to a six month supervision order.

Kesgrave Town Council has laid on an event to help older people who struggle to get out or experience loneliness.

Skilled inmates at a Suffolk open prison should be put to use repairing the building, a report suggests.

Here’s a roof top view taken across busy Fore hamlet in Ipswich as the sun goes down.

Suffolk’s top music festival, Latitude, is in the top five best music festivals nationwide for value for money, according to a new survey.

Britain’s busiest boxport has received a Royal letter of congratulations on its latest milestone – 50 years of handling containers.

Hundreds turned out for the Ipswich Jazz Festival’s three day event, which hosted both national names and local artists.

A heritage railway station in Suffolk welcomed a “stampede” of thirsty customers to its newly reopened real ale bar.

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