– Joshua Hirst's family
Our lives have been devastated by the loss of Josh.... we never got to see Josh celebrate his 21st birthday and we feel like we have been robbed by the evil and cowardly attack on him.
Police have welcomed the guilty verdicts for Smith and Church today.
– Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Chris Walker
This was an attack which was clearly pre-mediated and demonstrated a shocking level of violence, sadly resulting in this young man's death. The crime scene we saw as police officers was horrific and I wish to pay tribute to their bravery and dignity in having to try and cope with the impact of this appalling crime.
Two men have been found guilty of murdering 20-year-old Joshua Hirst in Mirfield in August last year.
Joe Church, 21, of Mirfield and Arron Smith, 18, of Emley were found guilty by a jury at Leeds Crown Court today.
A 20-year-old man from Horbury was found not guilty of murder or manslaughter.
Joshua was stabbed on Hepworth Lane on 3rd August and died in hospital a short time later.
Church and Smith are due to be sentenced at Leeds Crown Court next week.
A Huddersfield man, missing from his Dalton home for over a month is believed to be sleeping rough in the Mirfield area.
Police have been looking for 40-year old Alan Holt since he was reported missing on the 2 October. He was however last seen on the 27 September at his home on Albany Road.
Inspector Steph Wiseman of Kirklees police said: "Alan suffers from mental health problems and has not had any medication for over a month now, so we are extremely concerned for his welfare. The weather is turning colder and wetter and we really need to trace Alan before he comes to any harm."
Alan is described as being a white man, 5'8" tall and of slim build. He is balding on top, with black hair at the back and sides. He also has a tattoo on his left shoulder that reads, 'On Fire'.
A third man has appeared in court charged with murder in connection with the death of a 20-year-old man in Mirfield in West Yorkshire.
Joshua Hirst was found on Hepworth Lane with stab wounds - but died in hospital.
A 22-year-old woman has been charged with two counts of assisting an offender. She is due appear at Huddersfield Magistrates today. Yesterday two men were charged with Joshua's murder - and are due at Leeds crown court tomorrow.
Three people have now been charged with offences connected to the murder of 20-year old Joshua Hirst in Mirfield on Friday.
Two men aged 18 and 21 were charged with murder and appeared in court yesterday. They are due to appear at Leeds Crown Court tomorrow.
A 22-year old woman was last night charged with two counts of assisting an offender. She will appear at Huddersfield Magistrates Court today.
A 21-year old man arrested on suspicion of murder remains in police custody.
Police have charged two people with the murder of a 20-year-old man in Mirfield in West Yorkshire.
20-year-old Joshua Hirst was found on Hepworth Lane on Friday night but died in hospital a short time later. He had suffered stab wounds. Two men aged 18 and 21 are due to appear at Huddersfield Magistrates today. Another man and a woman remain in police custody.
A third man has now been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of 20-year-old Joshua Hirst in Mirfield on Friday.
The 20-year old is currently in custody being questioned by detectives, as are two other men and a woman.
Two men aged 21 and 18 were arrested on Saturday on suspicion of murder. A 22-year old woman was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.