Christopher Hughes: tribute to Greater Manchester man found dead after ‘frenzied attack’ in Skelmersdale

Christopher’s family say they are ‘heartbroken’ at his death, while three men remain in police custody in connection with the case.

<p>Christopher Hughes from Wigan with his mum, Susan Credit: family/GMP</p>

Christopher Hughes from Wigan with his mum, Susan Credit: family/GMP

A 37-year-old man found dead off White Moss Road South in the Skelmersdale area of Lancashire has been named.

Christopher Hughes, from Wigan, was discovered on Tuesday, police said. A post mortem concluded he died as a result of multiple serious injuries.

Police said a member of the public reported seeing a man being forced into the back of a vehicle on Almond Grove in the Worsley Hall area of Wigan, at 4.30pm last Friday.

Officers established that this was likely to be Christopher and say they were making ‘extensive inquiries’ when his body was discovered at 11am on Tuesday morning.

Three men, aged 29, 48 and 51, have been arrested in connection with Christopher’s kidnap and death. They remain in custody for questioning.

Christopher Hughes with his mum Susan

Family tributes

Christopher’s mum, Susan, said: “The family of Chris wish everyone to respect their privacy at this difficult time and are heartbroken at the loss of their loving son, father, brother and uncle. He will leave a part in the family that can never be filled. RIP Christopher David Hughes.”

Police latest

Detective Chief Inspector Carl Jones, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “Our thoughts are with Christopher’s loved ones at this time.

“Specially trained colleagues are supporting them while the investigation team works to establish the full circumstances surrounding the frenzied attack which resulted in his death.

“Our enquiries, in conjunction with colleagues from Lancashire Police, are very much on going, so I would appeal to anyone with information to contact us or Crimestoppers, anonymously.

A police investigation was launched after a body was found in White Moss Road South, Skelmersdale.

“At this stage, we are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who had contact with Christopher on Friday before 4.30pm or anyone who saw any people or vehicles behaving suspiciously in the Almond Grove area of Wigan or White Moss area of Skelmersdale between 4.45pm and 6pm that evening.”

  • Anyone with information should contact police quoting Operation Feverfew via 0161 856 3400. Information can also be shared anonymously via, the independent charity - Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.