Memories of tragic Jane two years on

John and Penny Clough with the tree planted in memory of their daughter Jane (below).
John and Penny Clough with the tree planted in memory of their daughter Jane (below).
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TWO painful years to the day since their daughter was stabbed to death outside Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Jane Clough’s parents have vowed to continue their fight against injustice.

John and Penny Clough will spend today surrounded by family and friends to raise a toast to their daughter and the legacy they have helped to create for her.

Jane Clough

Jane Clough

The mum-of-one was murdered at the hands of her ex-partner, Jonathan Vass, who was on bail facing rape charges against the 26-year-old nurse.

Speaking about the anniversary of her daughter’s death, Mrs Clough said: “It’s a happy memories day with people raising a glass of anything to toast Jane and all the fun we had with her. That is what we want to remember.”

Since their daughter’s murder, the Cloughs have put all their energy into fighting for changes to the justice system to prevent future tragedies.

They successfully campaigned for a change to bail laws to allow the prosecution the right to appeal crown court judges’ bail decisions.

And it was recently announced that rape charges linked to murders should also be pursued by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), instead of being left on file.

Mrs Clough, from Barrowford, said: “Anything Jane has got in terms of a legacy, is helping other people.

“It’s frightening to think the justice system is not there to protect victims.

“We have got to turn things around. We are always going to come across injustices which need putting right. There will always be something to battle for.”

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