By Daniel Hunter

Average house prices are higher than their pre-recession peak in six regions, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

East Midlands, West Midlands and South West of England joined London, the East of England and South East in prices rising above their previous peaks seen in 2007 and early 2008.

House prices on a whole were up 11.7% in the year to the end of July. London saw prices rise 19.1%.

Annual price growth accelerated from June when prices were up 10.2%.

The slowest growth was seen in Northern Ireland (4.5%) and Yorkshire and Humber (5%).

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