About Alice and the Trust
Alice was kind, clever and beautiful. She had an infectious personality and an incredible sense of humour: she saw the fun side of everything. She loved life, loved her friends and loved her job. She had so much to live for. Tragically, Alice was murdered in Gateshead on 12 October 2016, aged just 24.
On 26 April 2017 Trimaan Dillon was convicted of Alice's murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 22 years. His controlling behaviour during their brief relationship had developed afterwards into a relentless campaign of stalking.
Everyone needs to recognise that stalking is a seriously distressing and potentially life-threatening crime. Stalking behaviour needs to result in immediate action both to protect the victim and to deal effectively with the perpetrator.
The Alice Ruggles Trust’s mission is to help prevent what happened to Alice happening to others. We need to bring stalking to an end.
Stalking Protection Bill
The Stalking Protection Bill, a Private Member's Bill sponsored by Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, passed its second reading in the House of Commons on Friday January 19th and now passes on to the Committee stage.
The Bill aims to introduce measures called Stalking Protection Orders to protect victims when they report a stalking crime to the police, without putting the onus on the victim to apply for them. Importantly, breaching such an order would be a serious criminal offence that should result in immediate action by the police. The existence of such measures could have made a critical difference in Alice’s case, as in many others.
BUCS Nationals 2018
British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for Higher Education sport in the UK.
On February 16-18, over 6000 students descended on Sheffield for this year's BUCS Nationals, featuring championship events in a variety of sports, and we were delighted that the Alice Ruggles Trust was chosen to be the Charity Partner for the annual mascot race.
The picture shows some of the competitors lining (?) up for the first heat. This delightfully crazy event raised a magnificent £665 for the Trust.
If you are concerned about stalking issues please visit the Suzy Lamplugh Trust's national stalking helpline.
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