Dad welcomes bid to disclose past crimes

John Clough (below), whose daughter Jane (pictured) was murdered by her abusive ex-boyfriend, has welcomed the success of a law designed to protect people from domestic violence.

John Clough (below), whose daughter Jane (pictured) was murdered by her abusive ex-boyfriend, has welcomed the success of a law designed to protect people from domestic violence.

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The father of a Blackpool nurse who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend has welcomed figures showing thousands of people have checked up on their partner’s violent past.

John Clough, whose daughter Jane was killed by Jonathan Vass, who was on bail for rape at the time, said he was pleased people were checking up on the pasts of potential partners.

File photo dated 14/10/2010 of John and Penny Clough parents of murdered Jane Clough. John Clough whose whose daughter was murdered by an abusive ex-boyfriend has called for a stalkers register where potential victims can check their partner's history. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday July 20, 2014.  Clough claimed that despite new laws stalkers are "getting off with a slap on the wrist" and victims need better protection. His nurse daughter, 26, was stabbed 71 times as she walked into work by predator Jonathan Vass, who lay in wait for her, and cut her throat at the end of the frenzied attack.  See PA story POLICE Stalkers. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

File photo dated 14/10/2010 of John and Penny Clough parents of murdered Jane Clough. John Clough whose whose daughter was murdered by an abusive ex-boyfriend has called for a stalkers register where potential victims can check their partner's history. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday July 20, 2014. Clough claimed that despite new laws stalkers are "getting off with a slap on the wrist" and victims need better protection. His nurse daughter, 26, was stabbed 71 times as she walked into work by predator Jonathan Vass, who lay in wait for her, and cut her throat at the end of the frenzied attack. See PA story POLICE Stalkers. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Clare’s Law, named after Clare Wood, who was murdered in 2009 by her ex-boyfriend, was introduced less than a year ago to allow police to disclose information about a partner’s previous history of domestic violence or violent acts.

Nationally, 1,335 disclosures were made following 3,760 applications.

Lancashire had the highest number of disclosures at 146.

In total, 189 Clare’s Law applications were made in the county, leading to 22 applications for Domestic Violence Protection Orders, all of which were granted.

Nationally, courts have granted 2,220 protection 
orders.

Mr Clough said: “It does not surprise me the figures are so high. It’s very encouraging.

“Anything that helps people find out about violent partners is great.”

Jane, 26, was stabbed 71 times as she walked into work at Blackpool Victoria Hospital by predator Vass, who lay in wait for her on July 25, 2010.

Jane had ended their relationship and told police that Vass had raped and beaten her, but he was granted bail while facing nine counts of rape and four of assault.

Mr Clough said he was still concerned people whose partners did not have a record of violence might still not get adequate protection.

He added: “The thing that concerns me is if there is no history of violence. By 
doing a check, it could lead potential victims to fall into a false sense of security.

“However, it is great that more than 1,000 people have had their pasts disclosed.

“It means it has helped more than 1,000 people to make a decision for their own futures.”

Mr Clough and his wife Penny, from Barrowford 
near Nelson, are campaigning for a stalkers’ register aimed 
at allowing police to pro-actively identify, track, monitor and manage stalkers instead of 
relying on a series of victims to report multiple crimes.

A petition, which will be handed to Home Secretary Theresa May, has been signed by more than 120,000 people. Visit www.change.org/p/rt-hon-theresa-may-mp-create-a-stalker-s-register