Thousands join fight for justice

John and Penny Clough
John and Penny Clough
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A GAZETTE backed petition calling for changes to UK bail laws has gained support from thousands of people in just over a month.

The Justice for Jane campaign – launched following the murder of Blackpool nurse Jane Clough, has seen an online petition secure more than 6,400 signatures.

John and Penny Clough began their fight following the death of their daughter, a 26-year-old mum-of-one who worked in the accident and emergency department at Victoria Hospital.

Their grief was clear to see in an ITV programme, Someone’s Daughter, Someone’s Son, which aired on Friday and showed poignant video clips of Jane with her one-year-old daughter Imogen.

Mrs Clough said: “John and I watched the programme at home – we were crying almost immediately.

“Those clips of Jane with our grand-daughter are invaluable. There were also videos of Jane with her friends in the month before she was murdered. She was just starting to get her life and confidence back. She was so brave. It was the justice system which let this happen.”

Miss Clough was stabbed to death by former partner Jonathan Vass, who had been freed on bail after being charged with raping her nine times. He was awaiting trial when he killed her outside Victoria Hospital on July 25 last year.

Mr and Mrs Clough, from Barrowford, want the law to change to allow victims and the Crown Prosecution Service the chance to appeal judges’ bail decisions.

Mrs Clough added: “We’ve had so many comments from the police and Crown Prosecution Service – there are so many people behind us.

“We’ve had messages from people who have been through something similar and some who have now gone to organisations like the Rape and Sexual Abuse centre (RASA) for safety. It’s wonderful how the support has blossomed.”

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