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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.
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 men have been arrested on suspicion of murdering church organist Alan Greaves who was assaulted near his home in Sheffield on his way to play at midnight mass on Christmas Eve. A book of condolence has also been opened at the church as Tina Gelder reports:
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.
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:
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.
Tributes have been paid to Alan Greaves, the 68 year old grandfather and church organist who has died after being attacked just yards from his home in Sheffield as he walked to midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Tina Gelder reports
Police say the motive for the fatal attack on Sheffield grandfather Alan Greaves is unclear.
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.