POLICE have confirmed the body recovered from the River Mersey is missing Wirral man Robbie Crofts.

Officers were called to the coastline near Birkenhead on Sunday morning following reports that a body had been seen in the water.

It has today confirmed it was that of 21-year-old Robbie who had been missing since Sunday, August 28.

He and girlfriend Hayley Holmes had spent the day together at the Mathew Street Festival before making a late-night visit to the seafront.

Hayley’s body was found washed up on New Brighton beach the following morning by a dog-walker.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Dave McCaughrean said: "Our thoughts are with Robbie and Hayley's families at this sad time."

A post-mortem examination established the cause of Robbie’s death as drowning. An inquest will be opened later this week.