Two Charged With Midnight Mass Murder

Two men have been charged with murdering the church organist Alan Greaves in Sheffield on Christmas Eve.

Ashley Foster, 21, and Jonathan Bowling, 22, have both been charged with the murder of Mr Greaves, a lay preacher, who was attacked just a few hundred metres from his home.

Mr Greaves, 68, was walking to St Saviour’s Church at High Green, Sheffield, for midnight mass when his assailants struck.

The father-of-four died from the severe head injuries he suffered three days later.

South Yorkshire Police have made four arrests in connection with the murder.

Two other men, one in his 20s and one in his 40s, were arrested last month and have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Foster and Bowling will appear in court later.

Mr Greaves’ death shocked the community where he lived and more than 50 police officers were drafted in to help with the inquiry.

An inquest into Mr Greaves’s death has been opened and adjourned by Sheffield Coroner Chris Dorries.

Mr Greaves’s widow Maureen attended the short hearing.

At a service after her husband’s death, Mrs Greaves said she had wept over the “evil that has been done”.

She told the congregation of St Saviour’s she had felt their love and support since her husband died.