Organist suspects remanded

Two men aged 21 and 22 have been remanded in custody after being charged with murdering church organist Alan Greaves who died after being attacked on his way to midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

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Church organist's widow in court as suspects remanded

Maureen Greaves, the widow of murdered church organist Alan Greaves was in court today to see two men stand accused of attacking him as he made his way to midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

Maureen Greaves pictured a church service in Sheffield Credit: Jonathan Pow/PA Wire

Ashley Foster, 21, and Jonathan Bowling, 22, were remanded in custody by magistrates in Sheffield.

Two men remanded over church organist murder

Ashley Foster, 21, and Jonathan Bowling, 22, were remanded in custody by magistrates in Sheffield today when they appeared accused of murdering church organist Alan Greaves.

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

Alan Greaves was killed on Christmas Eve Credit: South Yorkshire Police

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Charged men to appear in court on Friday morning

The church organist's death caused shock and outrage in his community. Credit: PA

Ashley Foster, who is from High Green, and Jonathan Bowling, who is from the Fox Hill area of north Sheffield, were both arrested earlier this week.

They will remain in police custody until they appear in court in the morning.

Grandfather Mr Greaves, 68, was a lay preacher and his death shocked the community where he lived.

He lived just a few hundred yards from where he was attacked.

After the incident he was taken to hospital with severe injuries to his head but did not survive.

More than 50 police officers were drafted into the inquiry and detectives made a series of appeals for help from the community.

Two charged with murder of church organist

Church organist Alan Greaves was attacked on his way to midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Credit: Family handout.

Two men have been charged with murdering a church organist who died after being attacked on his way to midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

Alan Greaves was making his way to St Saviour's Church, near his home in High Green, Sheffield, when he was attacked.

He died three days later.

Ashley Foster, 21, and Jonathan Bowling, 22, have both been charged with the murder of Mr Greaves tonight and will appear at Sheffield Magistrates' Court tomorrow, South Yorkshire Police said.

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