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Sheffield plaque unveiled to honour murdered man Alan Greaves

Maureen and Alan Greaves
Image caption Maureen Greaves said she was glad her husband's community work was being recognised

A plaque has been unveiled in Sheffield in memory of church organist Alan Greaves who was murdered last Christmas.

Mr Greaves, a father-of-four, was beaten to death with a pickaxe handle as he walked to St Saviour's Church to play the organ on Christmas Eve.

A meeting room in the Ecclesfield Parish Council offices will now be renamed in his honour.

His widow Maureen said she was "very proud and very humbled" by the gesture.

Mrs Greaves said that she was glad that the work that her husband did for the community had been recognised.

"Alan would have been amazed at the idea of a community room being named after him," she said.

"But I think this is a wonderful act, honouring all that he did for people in High Green.

"I'm very appreciative of the parish council for taking this initiative."

Mr Greaves, 68, died in hospital three days after suffering head injuries in the attack.

In July, two men were jailed for the killing.

Jonathan Bowling, 22, admitted murdering Mr Greaves. He was jailed for life and given a minimum sentence of 25 years.

Ashley Foster, 22, of Wesley Road, High Green was sentenced to nine years for manslaughter.

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