Police searching for a Bradford University student who went missing in Liverpool more than six weeks ago have recovered a body from the River Mersey.

Aamir Qudeer, 21, a first-year engineering student, was last seen in Bradford on February 26, before travelling by train to Leeds and then vanishing in Liverpool.

His family have made repeated pleas for information on his disappearance, including appeals in Bradford, Leeds and Liverpool city centres.

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Neil Benstead said: "“We can confirm that we were alerted by Merseyside Police to the discovery of a man's body, which was found in the river in South Liverpool on the morning of Sunday, 13 April.

“The body was recovered by emergency services, following a call from a member of the public at about 9am.

“Formal identification has not yet taken place.”

Messages of condolence have been left on social media sites set up to help find Mr Qudeer.