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Church organist widow was 'attacked in street'

The widow of a church organist who was murdered in a street attack on Christmas Eve has described how she was the subject of a violent mugging as she prepared for the trial of her husband's killers.

A man was jailed for life last month for the murder of lay-preacher Alan Greaves, who died after he was attacked near his home in Sheffield last year.

His widow Maureen Greaves, 64, has revealed she was punched in the face in the street in June by a woman who tried to take her handbag.

Maureen Greaves said she was mugged in Sheffield in June. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

"It was very frightening. The worst thing was it made me imagine Alan being attacked and what he was feeling," Mrs Greaves told the Sheffield Star newspaper.

South Yorkshire Police said a 24-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assault and attempted robbery.


Funeral for church organist Alan Greaves to take place

The funeral of church organist Alan Greaves, who was beaten to death on Christmas Eve, will take place today.

The 68-year-old was on his way to Midnight Mass when he was attacked on Greengate Lane close to his home at around 11.10pm on December 24th.

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

The service will take place at St Saviour's Church in High Green, Sheffield, at noon, and will be relayed to a large screen at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church.

Two men have appeared in court over Mr Greaves' murder and two more remain on bail in connection with his death.


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.