The missing hunter whose body was recovered earlier this week in Canterbury can now be named as Christopher James Bardsley.

The 35-year-old's body was recovered by Search and Rescue teams in the Lake Sumner area on Tuesday, after it was spotted during an aerial search late the night before.

Mr Bardsley was a local of the area and had been reported missing by his family on Monday, after he failed to return home from a lone weekend hunting trip.

Canterbury Police were not treating the incident as suspicious and said the death had been referred to the Coroner.

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Police were working alongside victim support with Mr Bardsley's family - who, police said, were "extremely upset".

A spokesperson from the family said: "we would like to thank everyone involved in the search and recovery of Chris and for the enormous unexpected support we have had from people [and] groups in the days since."