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Six regions of the UK now have average house prices higher than their 2008 peak' according to the Office for National Statistics.

The East Midlands, West Midlands and south west England join London, East Anglia and south east England in rising above the 2008 highs with the UK average price now up 11.7 per cent on a year ago.

The biggest rise was 19.1 per cent in London.

The full regional breakdown was:

UK: £272,000, annual rise of 11.7 per cent

England: £284,000, up 12 per cent

Wales: £171,000, up 7.4 per cent

Scotland: £198,000, up 7.6 per cent

Northern Ireland: £139,000, up 4.5 per cent

North east England: £156,000, up 9.5 per cent

North west England: £175,000, up 7.7 per cent

Yorkshire and the Humber: £174,000, up 5.0 per cent

East Midlands: £187,000, up 7.6 per cent

West Midlands: £198,000, up 7.3 per cent

East Anglia: £282,000, up 10.6 per cent

London: £514,000, up 19.1 per cent

South east England: £337,000, up 12.2 per cent

South west England: £246,000, up 7.1 per cent


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