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Former partner held over nurse's death

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Police are continuing to question the former partner of a nurse after her murder in a hospital car park.

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Nurse Jane Clough, and the suspect, named locally as Jonathan Vass, had lived and worked together before the fatal stabbing on Sunday night.

Miss Clough, 26, had just finished her shift in the Accident and Emergency unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and was walking to her car when she was stabbed by an attacker who then left the scene on a bicycle.

Vass, 30, was arrested at about 7.30am yesterday in his ex-partner’s village of Barrowford, near Nelson, Lancashire.

He is understood to have worked alongside Miss Clough at the hospital until he was recently transferred elsewhere within the health trust.

A neighbour said the nurse had just returned to work after having a daughter and the couple previously lived together for about 18 months.

Marie Thompson, director of nursing and quality at Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “

“Jane was described by her work colleagues as a very caring, compassionate and highly competent A&E nurse.

“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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