Murder arrest

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A MAN was still being questioned yesterday (Wednesday) in connection with the Christmas Eve murder of Sheffield church organist Alan Greaves.

The suspect, aged 21, was arrested on Tuesday night after police swooped on a home in the Wesley Road area of High Green.

Officers spent hours searching the property and were seen carrying out bags of clothing.

An inquest is due to be opened today into the death of Mr Greaves, aged 68, who was attacked as he walked to St Saviour’s Church in Mortomley Lane. He was on his way to play the organ at the midnight service.

The grandfather underwent emergency surgery but died three days later.

So far police have said they do not know the motive for the killing.

Police arrested the 21-year-old the day after CCTV footage was released showing two men captured on a security camera close to the crime scene on the night of the attack.

Two men, in their 20s and 40s, who were arrested earlier on suspicion of murder, remain on bail pending further inquiries.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said there had been an ‘excellent response’ to the footage, but appealed for more witnesses.

Last week a £10,000 reward was put up by Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Mr Greaves’ killer.

Mr Greaves was a lay preacher, and his wife Maureen a Church Army evangelist.

The couple helped to set up a community project offering food and clothing to disadvantaged people.