By Jonathan Davies

The Co-operative Bank has reported further losses for the first six months of the year after higher legal costs.

Pre-tax losses widened to £204 million in the first half of 2015, compared with £77m in the same period last year.

The troubled bank also experienced a £32m on the sale of assets to reduce its overall debt.

The Co-op Bank has been in dire straits since it contributed to £2.1 billion of the Co-op Group's £2.3bn losses. It came after a £1.5bn black hole was found in its finances.

The bank, which was split from the Co-op group, now says it is in a better position to withstand economic difficulties.