Tributes paid to York student who died in Huddersfield

She was described as ‘beautiful, talented, and ambitious’


Tributes are being paid to an "intelligent, kind, and giving" York student who died last week.

Bethany Fields, a 21-year-old Environmental Geography student, was found seriously injured in Huddersfield Town centre and later passed away from her wounds.

35-year-old Paul Crowther has been charged with murder and possession of a bladed article. He is appearing at Kirklee's Magistrate Court today.

An email has been sent out to members of the Environmental Geography department to inform them of the news and remind them support is available via the university's Open Door team.

A statement issued by the family reads: "The life of Bethany, who was a beautiful, talented, ambitious, intelligent, kind, giving, and loving daughter, was tragically taken from her.

"A daughter, who any parent would have been proud of, much loved and respected by all; family, friends, work colleagues and fellow students.

"Bethany had a bright future ahead of her. She was studying Environmental Geography at university, travelling to Iceland to study the effects of glacial melts on the environment and to the Canary Islands to study volcanoes.

"She was musically gifted, starting on a music mentoring course and gradually during the holidays working at a studio.

"More recently, she worked with a charitable organisation for people with physical and learning difficulties. Through this, she brought much joy and pleasure into other people’s lives.

"Bethany had a wonderfully pleasant nature, with a love of nature, plants and animals.

"She will be sadly missed, but never forgotten, forever in our hearts and thoughts.

"Heaven has gained the brightest star of them all. Thanks to everyone for the support. It is very much appreciated."

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