Arrest over organist murder

Police investigating the murder of church organist Alan Greaves, who died after he was attacked on Christmas Eve, have arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of murder. A 21-year-old was arrested on Wednesday.

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Sheffield organist was a 'shining light'

The Bishop of Sheffield, Steven Croft, led prayers for murdered church organist Alan Greaves at St Saviour's Church:

There is a sense of shock and a sense of outrage, not just in this community but across the whole city of Sheffield.

Alan was the victim of a brutal attack as he was walking to this church to bear witness to his deep Christian faith.

There will be immense grief for those who knew Alan well, which includes many in this church and community.

Goodness is not as common as it should be and this community and this city have lost a shining light.

– Bishop of Sheffield

Bishop: 'Shock and outrage' over organist murder

The Bishop of Sheffield has spoken of the "shock and outrage" over the murder of Alan Greaves, the church organist who was killed on his way to a Christmas Eve midnight mass.

Dr Steven Croft, speaking at a packed St Saviour's Church in High Green, where Mr Greaves was a member and also a lay preacher, said the city of Sheffield had lost a "shining light".


Bishop joins grieving community after organist killing

The service in which the Bishop of Sheffield will lead prayers for church organist Alan Greaves, who died after being attacked on his way to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, is due to begin shortly.

Dr Steven Croft earlier confirmed his presence in a tweet ahead of the service:

Sheffield Bishop leads prayers for Alan Greaves

The Bishop of Sheffield will lead prayers today for a church organist who died days after being attacked on his way to midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

Alan Greaves, 68, was discovered badly beaten but died from his injuries in hospital on Thursday night.

Two men are in custody after being arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder.

The Bishop of Sheffield, Dr Steven Croft, will lead the Sunday morning service at St Saviour's Mortomley and High Green Church, as the community gathers to remember Mr Greaves.

A spokesman for the Diocese of Sheffield said:

The church service will follow the normal pattern of a liturgy reflecting the Sunday after Christmas but prayers will be offered for Alan, his wife Maureen and his family as well as for the wider congregation and community.

Canon Simon Bessant, Alan's parish priest, has been offering pastoral and practical support since he found out about the attack on Christmas morning and he will join the Bishop and others in offering an act of worship which is fitting to Alan's gentle memory.

– Spokesman for the Diocese of Sheffield

Two arrested over murder of Alan Greaves

South Yorkshire Police have confirmed that they have arrested two men in their inquiry in to the death of Alan Greaves.

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.

Alan Greaves Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Mr Greaves, 68, was attacked on his way to midnight mass in Sheffield on Christmas Eve.


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