Call for councillors to back justice fight

Coun Christian Cox
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A BLACKPOOL councillor is hoping for cross-party backing from the Town Hall for the Gazette-backed Justice for Jane campaign.

Coun Christian Cox, a nurse at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, will propose a motion at Wednesday’s full council meeting asking councillors to support changes to the bail law.

Jane Clough, a 26-year-old mum-of-one, was stabbed to death by her evil ex-partner, Jonathan Vass, as she arrived for a shift at The Vic where she worked as a nurse.

Vass had been freed on bail after being charged with raping her nine times. He was awaiting trial when he killed her on July 25 last year.

Coun Cox, a Squires Gate ward councillor, said: “It was disgraceful Vass was out on bail while facing so many charges against Jane.

“This is a campaign to make sure things like this don’t happen again.

“I’m a fellow nurse and it was such a shock for us all.”

Coun Cox (right) will speak at the meeting at the Town Hall along with Conservative deputy leader Coun Tony Williams.

The motion reads: “Following the tragic murder of Jane Clough in 2010, this council is asked to give its full backing to the current campaign in the name of Jane Clough, which seeks to amend the law regarding bail for people accused of serious crimes.

“The Council therefore requests the chief executive to write to the Minister for Justice to confirm its support for this much needed and important change to the current remand laws.”

Miss Clough’s parents John and Penny Clough, backed by The Gazette and their local MP Andrew Stephenson, are calling for changes to bail rulings so victims and the Crown Prosecution Service can appeal against judges’ bail decisions.

Coun Cox added: “I’m hoping we can get unanimous support from all councillors.

“It’s a worthy campaign.”