A FOURTH person has been arrested in connection with the murder of a popular Mirfield lad.
Josh Hirst, 20, died in hospital from fatal stab wounds in Hepworth Lane, Mirfield, on Friday night.
Police arrested two men aged 21 and 22 on suspicion of murder and a 22-year-old woman on suspicion of assisting an offender late on Saturday.
They have been given an extension to hold them until later today.
A fourth person, a man aged 20, was arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder.
All four suspects remain in custody.
It is believed all are local.
The scene of the crime in Hepworth Lane, Mirfield, was still cordoned off yesterday as detectives painstakingly go through evidence at the scene.
Uniformed officers remained vigilant, manning the cordon which blocked off several ginnels.
Residents in the tight-knit community are still shocked by the tragedy and more floral tributes have been placed close to the spot where the teenager was stabbed.
Josh Hirst’s devastated parents were too shocked to speak to the press but released a photograph of the popular young man.
Family friend Julie O’Leary Darnell posted on Twitter: “Can’t stop thinking about Julie Hirst. Her 20 yr old son, Josh was stabbed to death outside their own home in Mirfield, such a fabulous woman with her lovely hubby and two boys ........ her world has been shattered, my heart hurts so much for her...... wish i could make it all better...... sleep peacefully josh.”
Terry Robinson posted: “Rip Josh Hirst only 20 and stabbed to death, my oldest son’s mate. What a waste. He was a nice lad didn’t deserve to be stabbed.”
Thomas Ramsden posted on Twitter: “rip josh hirst this area is disgusting! to get stabbed outside your own home!”
Emily Ellen posted on Facebook: “So this year ive lost two friends, two boys that have died so young, all I want to say is that you are missed so much and you are loved by so many, it is actually heartbreaking... both beautiful boys rest in peace, all my love forever and always you will be in my heart boys, and that I love you forever x”
Enquiries into the murder are ongoing and detectives are still appealing for anyone with information to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via 101.