Two in court over organist murder

Andover Advertiser: Church organist Alan Greaves died after being attacked on his way to midnight mass on Christmas Eve in Sheffield (South Yorkshire Police/PA) Church organist Alan Greaves died after being attacked on his way to midnight mass on Christmas Eve in Sheffield (South Yorkshire Police/PA)

Two men are due to appear in court charged with the murder of a church organist who died after being attacked on his way to midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

Alan Greaves died three days after he was attacked as he made his way to St Saviour's Church, near his home in High Green, Sheffield.

Ashley Foster, 21, and Jonathan Bowling, 22, were charged with the murder of Mr Greaves on Thursday night and will appear at Sheffield Magistrates' Court later, South Yorkshire police said.

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

Grandfather Mr Greaves, 68, was a lay preacher and his death shocked the local community. 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 other men were arrested in connection with Mr Greaves's murder and later bailed pending further inquiries.

An inquest into Mr Greaves' death was opened and adjourned by Sheffield Coroner Chris Dorries on Thursday. 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.

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