Joshua Hirst murder: Men jailed for life

Joe Church, left, and Arron Smith Church and Smith were found guilty after a trial

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Two men have been jailed for life for the murder of a man who was stabbed to death in West Yorkshire.

Joshua Hirst, 20, died after an attack near his home in Mirfield in August.

A trial at Leeds Crown Court heard Joe Church, 21, and Arron Smith, 18, bought a knife and then lay in wait before attacking Mr Hirst while wearing masks.

Church, of Redlands Close, Mirfield was given a minimum jail term of 25 years. Smith, of Saville Street, Emley, was given a minimum term of 22 years.

Kirstie Rainford, 22, of Spring Bank, Liversedge, was also sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of assisting an offender.

Detectives said the attackers used "a shocking level of violence".

In a statement Mr Hirst's father Terry, mother Julie and brother Jon said: "Our lives have been devastated by the loss of Josh.

"We loved him so much and in turn he was loved by so many and brought joy, loyalty and happiness into the lives of others."

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