HOUSE prices in Worcester increased more than average for the West Midlands in September, new figures show.

The boost contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area achieve 4.8 per cent annual growth.

The average Worcester house price in September was £220,633, Land Registry figures show – a 2.1 per cent increase on August.

Over the month, the picture was better than that across the West Midlands, where prices increased 1.3 per cent, and Worcester outperformed the 1.7 per cent rise for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Worcester rose by £10,000 – putting the area eighth among the West Midlands's 30 local authorities for annual growth.

The best annual growth in the region was in Cannock Chase, where properties increased on average by 9.5 per cent, to £185,000.