Stalking Protection Bill
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.
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 July 5 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, Mike gave a number of presentations to several British Army units based in Germany on the signs and dangers of stalking and coercive control.