Tribute paid to Beswick man who died while ‘trying to stop his car being stolen’

'We are heartbroken and shocked'

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 19th March 2024

The family of a man who was killed in Beswick on Saturday morning have paid an emotional tribute to a ‘loved and devoted family man’.

Christopher Hanley, 57, was killed in broad daylight while trying to ‘stop his car from being stolen’.

He was found unresponsive by members of the public on Olympic Street shortly before 11am on 16 March, and was tragically pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of emergency services.

GMP has launched a murder investigation and two men have been arrested in connection with the tragic incident.

Paying tribute to him, Chris’s family said: “As a family we are heartbroken and shocked at the sudden loss of Chris.


“A loved and devoted family man who adored his grandchildren, tragically and unfairly, taken way too soon.

“At this time, we as a family ask for privacy to show respect for Chris and his memory.”


Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Smith from GMP’s Major Incident Team said: “This has come as devastating news to Chris’s loved ones, and I would like to echo their request for privacy at this time.

“We have already made two arrests in connection with Chris’s death, but we continue to work diligently to ensure we apprehend all those responsible.

“I would urge anyone with information to come forward so that we can get justice for Chris and his family.”


Any details should be passed via the LiveChat function on or by calling 101 quoting incident number 1172 of 16/3/24.

Information can also be submitted through the Major Incident Public Portal here:

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