THREE men have been charged with the murder of a missing man from St Helens.

Paul Morson, aged 31, from Spinners Drive, Sutton was last seen in June 2011 in the Huyton area of Knowsley.

Detectives launched an inquiry when Paul's disappearance was reported to police by his family.

Four men, 59, 23 and two aged 33, were arrested on Tuesday, 3 April in connection with the investigation.

Ray Brierly, aged 59, of Windy Arbor Road, Whiston, Scott Callaghan, aged 33, of Abbey Road, Anfield and John Burns, aged 23, of Clipling Avenue, Huyton, have been charged with murder.

Scott Callaghan has also been charged with perverting the course of justice.

All three will appear before Liverpool Magistrates' Court this morning (Thursday, 5 April).

A 23-year-old man from Whiston has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.