Widow weeps over "the evil done" to murdered grandfather

68-year-old Alan Greaves from Sheffield died in hospital, two days after being attacked close to his home.

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Two men released on bail in Alan Greaves murder inquiry

Two men arrested over the murder of father and grandfather of four Alan Greaves as he walked to church on Christmas Eve in High Green in Sheffield have been released on bail this afternoon.

The men, one in his 20s and another in his 40s, were arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder.

Alan Greaves, 68, died after sustaining severe head injuries on Greengate Lane in High Green at around 11.15pm on Christmas Eve.

Anyone with information that could assist the murder inquiry should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 1183 of 24 December.

Alternatively, please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Widow speaks of "evil that has been done" at service for her murdered husband

A service has been held for Alan Greaves, the grandfather and father of four, attacked on Christmas Eve on his way to St Saviour's Church, High Green in Sheffield, to play the organ at midnight mass.

The Bishop of Sheffield Steven Croft said the city had lost a "shining light".

His widow Maureen told the congregation: "I won't be able to contact you over the next few days, but I want to thank you for the support you have given me.

"I have prayed constantly for Alan and I know you have too. I have not stopped crying for him and I know you have not stopped either.

"I have wept over the evil that has been done. I have prayed for you and I know you have prayed for me. You were Alan's Christian family and he loved belonging to this church. I have felt your love towards me."

Police have arrested two men on suspicion of Mr Greaves's murder.

Two arrested over Alan Greaves murder

Detectives investigating the murder of Alan Greaves in Sheffield have arrested two men as part of their inquiry.A man in his 20s and a man in his 40s, both from Sheffield have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in custody helping police.

Officers are searching a number of properties in the area and there has been a high-visibility police presence in High Green today.Sixty-eight year-old Mr Greaves died after sustaining severe head injuries on Greengate Lane in High Green, Sheffield at around 11.15pm on Christmas Eve.

Grandfather's murder: Police appeal for public's help

The death of grandfather Alan Greaves is now being treated as murder. Police say he left his home at around 11pm on Christmas Eve. He was on his own and was walking the short distance to a Midnight Mass Service at nearby St Saviours Church on Mortomley Lane.

He was found fifteen minutes later by a member of the public, collapsed on a path on Greengate Lane. He had sufffered a life-threatening head injury and was rushed to hospital where he later died.The senior investigating officer told a press conference:

I’m appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to please come forward and talk to us. This was an elderly man just going about his business on Christmas Eve and suffered what appears to be an unprovoked and random attack, which ended his life. Think about the family Christmas you may have just had. Alan’s family were looking forward to spending Christmas together but instead, they were distraught with their father and grandfather fighting for his life and now trying to come to terms with his death.

– Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick, South Yorkshire Police

The motive for the attack is still unclear. Anyone who witnessed the incident or who may be able to help in any way is asked to ring South Yorkshire Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting incident number 1183 of 24 December.

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Motive for grandfather's attack is unclear

Police say the motive for the fatal attack on Sheffield grandfather Alan Greaves is unclear.

Christmas is a time for families. Like most people, Alan Greaves' family were looking forward to spending Christmas together but instead, they are distraught. Mr Greaves appears to have suffered a brutal attack after leaving his home address to attend Midnight Mass. At this stage, the motive is unclear. I want to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident. If you know who did this, please come forward and offer your support to the family at this difficult time.

– Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick, South Yorkshire Police

Grandfather dies after "brutal" Christmas Eve attack

Alan Greaves was found badly injured in Christmas Eve Credit: Family photo

A grandfather from Sheffield has died in hospital after being attacked near his home on Christmas Eve. Alan Greaves, who was 68, died in the Northern General Hospital three days later.

He was found with a serious head injury on the pavement close to his home on Greengate Lane at High Green at around 11.15pm, after leaving his home to go to Midnight Mass. South Yorkshire Police are asking anyone with information to contact them on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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