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Stalking Protection Bill
Stalking Protection Bill
The Stalking Protection Bill, a Private Member's Bill sponsored by Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, completed its Committee Stage on 9 July. The Bill is due to have its report stage and third reading on Friday 23 November.
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.
New CPS/NPCC protocol
On 23 May 2018 the CPS, together with the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), have released a new Protocol on the appropriate handling of stalking or harassment offences. This is part of a package of measures to improve the way that the criminal justice system deals with stalking and harassment. The Alice Ruggles Trust understands that the protocol has been directly influenced by Alice's case.
Serial perpetrator register
A petition containing 130,000 signatures, delivered on October 10, calls on the Prime Minister, Theresa May, to act now to save lives by protecting women from serial stalkers and domestic violence perpetrators by introducing a register of stalkers.
Such a register would, for example, allow police assessing the seriousness of a call from a victim to be alerted to previous incidents involving the perpetrator that would indicate a dangerous pattern of behaviour.
“An Hour to Catch a Killer”
A documentary about the police operation that resulted in the arrest and conviction of Trimaan ("Harry") Dhillion for Alice’s murder was shown on ITV on 12 October 2017, exactly a year after her death.
A report published on 5 July 2017 by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) and Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) into harassment and stalking found that people who have suffered repeated harassment or stalking are frequently being let down by under-recording, inconsistent services and a lack of understanding by the criminal justice system. The Alice Ruggles Trust welcomes the report but urges the Police and CPS to take its findings seriously and to act with urgency on all its recommendations.
"Raising the Bar" conference
On 29 June 2017, Paladin, the National Advocacy Service for high-risk victims of stalking, held a conference entitled "Raising the Bar: Best Practice in Stalking Cases". Clive was invited to tell Alice's story and to reflect upon the lessons he felt should be learned and what he would like to see change.
Raising awareness in the military
During June 2017, Mike gave a number of presentations to several British Army units based in Germany on the signs and dangers of stalking and coercive control.