The man whose body was recovered from a pond near Westminster Park has been named as father-of-two James Sale.

The 35-year-old Chester man had been reported missing by concerned relatives last week.

Police launched a search focused  on the Westminster Park and Handbridge areas and deployed the  police helicopter to help in the hunt.

Mr Sale’s body was pulled from a pond in fields near Five Ashes  Road at about 8.20pm on Wednesday.

Mr Sale was a former pupil of Overleigh St Mary's and Queen's Park High Schools and had also attended West Cheshire College.

He was married to teacher Nicola and they have two young children.

Mr Sale had worked as a manager at the Flint office of Gap Personnel and was the joint winner of the company's outstanding 2009 contribution award. He had previously worked for La Gente Recruitment as a branch manager covering Chester and Welshpool.

He had also worked as a fraud investigator and banking services officer for four years at MBNA Bank.

His death is not being treated as  suspicious.

A spokesman for Cheshire police  said: “Police looking for a missing 35-year-old man from Chester found a body in a pond in fields near  Five Ashes Road in Westminster  Park.

“The man had been reported missing on July 30 by family members. A  search was conducted of the surrounding area.

“There are no suspicious circumstances, formal identification has  taken place and a file is being prepared  for the coroner.”