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.
In order to raise awareness of the issues relating to her death, Alice's family and friends have set up the Alice Ruggles Trust to provide education and training, lobby for legal measures, support relevant research, and more. We plan to raise money for specific projects as well as to support and complement the work of related charities such as Women's Aid and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. See our Mission Statement.
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 October 12 (the anniversary of her death). It is available for viewing on-line until November 10.
Fencer's half marathon
On Oct 15, Nottingham University and British Fencing coach Paul Sibert ran the Leicester half marathon in full fencing kit, finishing in a remarkable 2 hr 18 min.
Paul, who coached Alice when she was in the East Midlands Cadet Squad, is raising money for the Suzy Lamplugh Trust's National Stalking Helpline appeal in Alice's name. Please visit Paul's fundraising page to donate.
Alice was a keen epeeist and on December 16 the University of Leicester is hosting the Alice Ruggles Memorial Fencing competition.
A report published on July 5 has found that people who have suffered repeated harassment or stalking are frequently being let down by the criminal justice system. See our News page.
What should you do if you think your phone might have been hacked? We've put together a few guidelines here
If you are concerned about stalking issues please visit the Suzy Lamplugh Trust's national stalking helpline.