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National: Good result in the banking sector

PUBLISHED: 11:41 30 April 2014

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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.

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A father-of-three suffering severe walking problems has spoken of his gratitude to surgeons at Ipswich Hospital after becoming the first patient in the east of England to receive a pioneering knee operation.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said it is “inconceivable” that the Copdock Mill interchange between the A14 and A12 south of Ipswich will not be rebuilt over the medium term.

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