‘Tireless’ police efforts to solve Sheffield killing

Undated handout photo issued by South Yorkshire Police of Alan Greaves, 68, from Sheffield, who has died after being attacked on his way to a Christmas Eve midnight mass, police said today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday December 28, 2012. Alan Greaves, 68, from Sheffield, was found on the pavement close to his home. South Yorkshire Police said Mr Greaves died last night in the city's Northern General Hospital. See PA story POLICE Mass. Photo credit should read: South Yorkshire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by South Yorkshire Police of Alan Greaves, 68, from Sheffield, who has died after being attacked on his way to a Christmas Eve midnight mass, police said today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday December 28, 2012. Alan Greaves, 68, from Sheffield, was found on the pavement close to his home. South Yorkshire Police said Mr Greaves died last night in the city's Northern General Hospital. See PA story POLICE Mass. Photo credit should read: South Yorkshire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
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DETECTIVES investigating the death of a Sheffield man attacked on his way to church on Christmas Eve say they have spoken to more than 300 members of the public so far.

The officer leading the hunt for the killer of 68-year-old Alan Greaves said his team was working ‘tirelessly’ to solve the case.

Crimestoppers put up a £10,000 reward last week for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer who left Mr Greaves for dead after battering him on Greengate Lane, High Green, Sheffield.

Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick said: “I am very pleased with the response from the local community and the response to the recent Crimestoppers appeal.

“Officers investigating the incident are working tirelessly to follow all possible leads and have already spoken with more than 300 individuals, as well as conducting more than 200 house-to-house inquiries so far.

“Despite this being an extremely difficult time for Mr Greaves’ family, they continue to be very supportive of the investigating team and are assisting with our inquiries wherever possible.”

Mr Greaves, an organist at St Saviour’s CofE Church on Mortomley Lane, was found slumped on the ground by a member of the public who raised the alarm.

He was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery, but died on December 27 with his family at his bedside.

Mr Greaves, who also played the piano in a local primary school, was a lay preacher and retired social worker.

He and his wife Maureen were instrumental in setting up a charity shop and food bank in High Green in the month that he died.

Detectives working on the case have not yet established a motive for the killing, which has shocked the local community.

They arrested two men on suspicion of murder earlier in the investigation before bailing the pair - in their 20s and 40s - pending further inquiries.

Today they are expected to release some CCTV footage of individuals they believe may hold vital information.

n Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 1183 of December 24. Crimestoppers can also be contacted on 0800 555111.