£10,000 reward offer in hunt for organist killer

A £10,000 reward has been 
offered to help track down the killer or killers of a church 
organist who died after he was attacked on Christmas Eve.

Lay preacher Alan Greaves, 68, died after being attacked on his way to midnight mass in High Green, Sheffield.

The grandfather was making his way to St Saviour’s Church from his home a few hundred yards away when he was attacked. He died from severe head injuries three days later.

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South Yorkshire Police said the charity Crimestoppers was offering a reward of up to £10,000 to help track down the person or persons responsible.

Officers said there still appears to be no motive for the attack.

Detective superintendent Matt Fenwick said: “Christmas is usually a time for celebration, but instead the members of Mr Greaves’ family were left distraught. People must have been out and about in the village and someone must have seen or know something about this 
assault. We’d urge them to come forward.”

The reward will be available to anyone providing information to Crimestoppers leading to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons responsible for Mr Greaves’s death.

At a service after her husband’s death, his widow, Maureen, said she had wept over the “evil that has been done”. Two men were arrested in connection with the attack and later released on bail.