Family tribute to nurse killed by Blackpool Victoria

Jane Clough
Image caption Police believe Jane Clough knew her attacker

The family of a nurse who was stabbed to death in a hospital car park have described her as a "fabulous girl".

Jane Clough, 26, was murdered as she walked to her car at the Blackpool Victoria Hospital shortly before 2030 BST on Sunday.

Her parents, John and Penny Clough, said she was a "loving mother and sister" and a "beautiful precious daughter".

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The suspect, who is believed to be a paramedic, has been named locally as Jonathan Vass.

It is understood both the Ms Clough and the suspect had lived and worked together.

She had been finishing her shift at the hospital's accident and emergency department when she was attacked.

Despite being treated by her colleagues in the hospital, she died a short time later.

A post-mortem examination has confirmed she died from multiple stab wounds.

'Tragic incident'

Her parents said in a statement: "Jane was our beautiful precious daughter, loving mother of her baby Imogen and loving sister of Peter and Louise.

"She was a fabulous girl in every sense, she was so gentle and lovely and we are absolutely heartbroken by what has happened.

"We thank the police for working so hard and being so supportive and we thank Jane's friends and colleagues for the care and support they have shown for Jane and for us during this time."

Det Ch Insp Neil Esseen, who is leading the investigation, said: "This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with Jane Clough's family who are being supported by specially trained officers.

Image caption Floral tributes have been left at the scene

"There is a dedicated team of detectives working on this case and we are following up a number of lines of inquiry.

"However, I would like to appeal to anybody who has information they think may help with this investigation to contact police."

Ms Clough had worked as a nurse at the hospital's A&E department for four years and was described by colleagues as "very caring, compassionate and highly competent".

"We are all shocked and devastated by the news of the tragic death of A&E nurse Jane Clough," said Marie Thompson, the trust's director of nursing.

"We would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Jane's family, friends and work colleagues at this difficult time.

"Staff from across the trust are extremely distressed and shocked by what has happened and we are currently offering them support and counselling."

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