30 Dec 2012

Alan Greaves: ‘shock and outrage’ over alleged murder

The Bishop of Sheffield speaks of the “shock and outrage” over the alleged murder of church organist Alan Greaves, as two men are questioned over his death.

Alan Greaves, who died from serious head injuries in an alleged attack on Christmas Eve (picture: South Yorkshire Police)

Bishop Steven Croft, speaking during a sermon at St Saviour’s Church in High Green on Sunday morning, said: “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 on his way to church on Christmas Eve, 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.”

He went on to speak of the support that has been offered to the 68-year-old grandfather-of-four’s family, and also the appreciation for medical teams that tried to save Mr Greaves’s life.

‘Shining light’

“And in the midst of all this, I am sure, many will be giving thanks for Alan himself, for all he showed us of God’s grace and love,” he said. “There will be occasions in the future for many generous tributes to be given.

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

Mr Greaves died after sustaining serious head injuries in the attack on Christmas Eve, as he made his way to midnight mass. On Saturday, South Yorkshire police arrested two men in relation to the attack.

A statement from the force said: “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.”

Police said the motive for the attack, which happened at 11:15pm, is unclear.