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Inflation surges to 1.6%, highest since July 2014

Food prices are partly to blame for rising inflation. Credit: PA

The Consumer Price Index showed that inflation rose to 1.6% in December last year, from 1.2% in November, the Office for National Statistics has said.

It is the highest rate of inflation since July 2014, and outperformed economists' median forecast of 1.4%.

The rise has been blamed partly on the rise of air fares and food prices.

ONS head of inflation Mike Prestwood said: "This is the highest CPI has been for over two years, though the annual rate remains below the Bank of England's target and low by historical standards.

"Rising air fares and food prices, along with petrol prices falling less than last December, all helped to push up the rate of inflation.

"Rising raw material costs also continued to push up the prices of goods leaving factories."

It comes a day after Bank of England governor Mark Carney warned the depreciation of sterling following a vote for Brexit may have a delayed impact on wages and consumer spending.



Images show house where Reina suspect was arrested

Images from inside the house show a broken door Credit: via AP

Turkish media has shown footage of the house where the man accused of carrying out the Reina nightclub attack was arrested.

Images from inside the house, which is reported as being in the city's Esenyurt district, show a broken door and dirty kitchen.

Credit: via AP
Credit: via AP

Police sources say that since the attack in the early hours of New Year's Day the suspect, named as Abdulkadir Masharipov, never left Istanbul.

But he is thought to have changed locations within the city several times ahead of his arrest.

Credit: via AP

Scores detained in operation to capture Reina gunman

Vasip Sahin said 50 people had been detained in the operation to arrest Masharipov

Istanbul's governor has said that 50 people were detained in the operation to apprehend the man suspected of carrying out the Reina nightclub attack.

Vasip Sahin said that three women and an Iraqi man had been arrested alongside Abdulkadir Masharipov.

He said the attack, which killed 39 people, had been carried out on behalf of the so-called Islamic State group.

Istanbul nightclub gunman 'admitted his guilt'

Vasip Sahin said Masharipov's fingerprints matched those of the attacker Credit: AP

The man arrested over the Reina nightclub attack has admitted he carried out the attack, Istanbul's governor has said.

Vasip Sahin told assembled journalists that the man had been identified as Abdulkadir Masharipov and that his fingerprints matched those of the attacker.

He said that Maharipov, an Uzbekistan national, had received training in Afghanistan and entered Turkey illegally.

Mr Sahin said it was clear that Maharipov had carried out the attack on behalf of the so-called Islamic State group.

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