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Paramedic charged with nurse murder

A paramedic has been charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend who was stabbed in a hospital car park.

Nurse Jane Clough, 26, had just finished her shift in the accident and emergency (A&E) unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital when she was attacked as she walked to her vehicle on Sunday night.

Jonathan Vass, 30, of Preston, Lancashire, will appear before magistrates in the town on Thursday.

A Lancashire Police spokeswoman said: "A 30-year-old man has this afternoon been charged with the murder of Jane Clough.

"Jonathan Vass, of Conway Drive in Preston, has been charged with murder. He has been remanded in custody to appear before Blackpool Magistrates' Court."

Area crown prosecutor Neil Standage said: "Having carefully examined the evidence provided to us by Lancashire Constabulary, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to charge Jonathan Vass with the murder of Jane Clough.

"He will appear at Blackpool Magistrates' Court tomorrow, where the case will be sent to Preston Crown Court to be heard at a later date."

Police were called to the staff car park at about 8.30pm and the mother-of-one was taken to the A&E unit where she worked, just 100 yards away.

Her colleagues battled to save her but she was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. A post-mortem examination showed she died of multiple stab wounds.

Vass was arrested the following morning in his ex-partner's village of Barrowford, near Nelson, Lancashire. It is understood Vass left his wife to move in with Miss Clough in Camden Street, Barrowford, before they separated.


From Belfast Telegraph