A mystery body pulled out of the River Mersey 15 years ago could be the remains of a Blackburn man who went missing in June 1996.

Top judges today opened the way for a Coroner to decide whether the body is that of David George Adams.

His mother, Joan Adams, of Kelsall Avenue, Blackburn, has been trying to discover what happened to her son ever since he went missing, aged 27.

In the same month that Mr Adams went on the missing persons list, the body of an unknown male was pulled out of the River Mersey.

An inquest at the time, before the Liverpool City Coroner, failed to uncover the identity of the dead man.

However, lawyers for Mrs Adams say they now have fresh evidence ‘bearing on the identity of the unknown male’ and two judges, sitting at London's High Court, today opened the way for a new inquest after the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC, consented to the move.

Sir Anthony May, sitting with Mr Justice Keith, said it was ‘possible at least’ that the fresh inquest - a date for which has yet to be set - may finally identify the body as Mrs Adams' son.