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.
Alice’s story has also been told in been various documentaries and podcasts:
- “Murdered by my stalker” (5-STAR TV, 2018; available on-line)
- “It’s not your fault” (BBC Radio 1/1Xtra/4Extra, 2018; available as podcast)
- “My daughter Alice” (“Real Crime Profile” podcast, 2018; available as podcast)
- “An hour to catch a killer” (ITV, 2017)
Members of the Ruggles family and other representatives of the Trust are involved in the planning and production of further documentaries and podcasts targeting different audiences.
About our Trust
The Alice Ruggles Trust is a Registered Charity, no. 1175316.
Our mission statement
The Alice Ruggles Trust exists to raise awareness of coercive control and stalking, to ensure that relevant legislation is effective and adhered to, and to bring about lasting improvements in the management of perpetrators and the protection of victims.
We aim to prevent what happened to Alice happening to others, by:
- raising awareness of coercive control and stalking and their dangers;
- working to ensure that stalking offences result in immediate action both to protect the victim and to deal effectively with the perpetrator;
- providing education and training;
- campaigning for improved legal measures; and
- supporting relevant research.
Since the Trust came into existence in 2017, we have worked with the Home Office, CPS, police and military, undertaken a variety of media interviews, and participated in campaigns. We have also been seeking innovative ways to raise public awareness.
About our logo
Our logo was designed by Paul Johnson of PJD, based in the Leicestershire village of Tur Langton, where Alice grew up.
Why the turtle? Simply because Alice loved them. They have become a symbol among her family and friends of everything we are trying to achieve in her name. The turtle on the logo was designed by Alice's cousin Reece Hills.
What's behind the strapline? A fundamental principle. Stalking has to become universally recognised for the very serious crime that it is, something that must never be allowed to continue.
About the National Stalking Consortium
The National Stalking Consortium, formed in 2014, is a collaboration of organisations working in stalking. Its overall aim is to improve support to victims of stalking throughout the UK. The Consortium is committed to identifying gaps in provision and taking a proactive, coordinated approach to improving stalking services across the statutory and voluntary sectors. It aims to enable more stalking victims to cope with the immediate impact of stalking, and recover from the harm experienced, by campaigning for more holistic support services. The Consortium’s work is informed by the experiences of victims and robust academic research.
The Alice Ruggles Trust joined the consortium in 2017.
The picture, taken on the first day of National Stalking Awareness Week 2018 (Monday 16 April), shows staff of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust together with the Alice Ruggles Trust supporting ART wristbands following the launch of the report Out of Sight, Out of Mind—Two Years On.