‘Pick up the phone and stop the abuse’

Jane Clough, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in July 2010, took pictures of the injuries she received at the hands of her abusive partner
Jane Clough, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in July 2010, took pictures of the injuries she received at the hands of her abusive partner
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A FATHER whose daughter was murdered by her ex-boyfriend is urging victims of domestic violence to speak out.

John Clough’s nurse daughter Jane was stabbed to death outside Blackpool Victoria Hospital in July 2010 by Jonathan Vass.

He had been released on court bail for rape charges when he attacked the 26-year-old nurse during a relationship filled with abuse.

John and wife Penny last night featured in a TV documentary which revealed the extent of their daughter’s injuries at Vass’s hands.

Mr Clough, 52, who took a campaign to 10 Downing Street to change the law on bail and rape charges, said: “It’s good to keep interest going and shows the true side of domestic violence. We have all spoken about the way Jane was treated and this is a photograph Jane took herself. They are not something we relish looking at but I hope they help.”

The pair have joined Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s police and crime commissioner, in backing the county police force’s Handle with Care campaign, urging victims of domestic abuse to speak out.

Mr Clough added: “The police supported Jane so well. They believed her and gave her faith and confidence.

“It was later on in the system which let Jane down, and this is what we are working on to try and improve.”

Mr Grunshaw said attacks were commonplace.

He added: “Domestic abuse has been on the increase across Lancashire year on year and last year there were over 28,000 incidents recorded.

“During the festive period there tends to be an even bigger increase and the situation will not relieve itself.”

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