THE National Lottery has given £272,360 to support an East Lancashire refuge for women under threat of domestic violence with complex needs.

The cash will pay for four staff members for the next three years at Jane’s Place, named after Barrowford's Jane Clough murdered by her abusive ex-partner Jonathan Vass as she arrived for work at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in 2010.

The grant goes to Burnley-based Calico Home' SafeNet Domestic Abuse Support Service's specialist Every Day Free project.

Andrya Prescott, SafeNet’s Business Development Manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted the Big Lottery have funded this vital support work. The women in Jane’s Place are over the moon too."