Murdered nurse’s parents’ rally call

Mr and Mrs John and Penny Clough look through old pictures of their daughter Jane
Mr and Mrs John and Penny Clough look through old pictures of their daughter Jane
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THE parents of murdered Blackpool nurse Jane Clough are planning to stage a rally outside Parliament as their MP battles to make changes to bail decisions.

John and Penny Clough, have been campaigning for changes to bail rulings since their daughter was stabbed to death outside Blackpool Victoria Hospital by Jonathan Vass while he was out on bail for rape charges.

Vass, the father of Jane’s one-year-old daughter, had been charged with nine counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault against the 26-year-old nurse when he killed her.

Her parents say they cannot understand why he was given bail on this charge list and have gained support from their local MP Andrew Stephenson.

He will now present a Bail Amendment Bill on June 28 in the House of Commons which will discuss the possibility of being able to appeal against judges’ decisions to grant bail.

Mr Clough said: “We are going to travel to London to support him. There will be around 10 of us and we intend to hold a small rally outside Parliament before the Bill is read.

“We’ll have some placards and banners to raise the profile of the campaign regarding accountability for judges and the bail amendment bill.

“We want there to be an amendment bill to give victims and CPS the opportunity to appeal judges’ bail decisions.”

Miss Clough was brutally stabbed 19 times by the 30-year-old ambulance technician on her way into work at The Vic last July.

The 17-stone body builder from Preston was sentenced to life in prison last year and told he will serve at least 30 years.

He recently appeared on television documentary Strangeways and described how much he hated his ex-girlfriend.