Body found in River Mersey confirmed as Robbie Crofts from New Brighton

Robbie Crofts
Image caption Robbie Crofts had not been seen since 28 August

Police have confirmed that a body found in the River Mersey is the boyfriend of a girl found drowned two weeks ago.

Robbie Crofts, 21, had not been seen since 28 August. The body of his girlfriend Hayley Holmes, 17, was found on New Brighton beach the next day.

A body was discovered in the water at Birkenhead at 10:00 BST on Sunday, and was confirmed as Mr Crofts earlier.

A post-mortem examination revealed he had died from drowning. An inquest is due to open later this week.

Det Ch Insp Dave McCaughrean said: "Our thoughts are with Robbie and Hayley's families at this sad time."

Hayley, from Birkenhead, was discovered dead near New Brighton promenade at about 07:00 BST on 29 August.

Police found a pair of women's sandals and a pair of men's trainers close to where her body was discovered, along with a mobile phone.

A post-mortem examination found she had died as a result of drowning.

The couple had spent the day in Liverpool at the Mathew Street Festival.

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