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.
By sheer coincidence, the Northumbria Police's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team (HMET) led by DCI Lisa Theaker were being filmed for an ITV documentary when the call about Alice came in on October 12, 2016. Their actions over the ensuing minutes and hours will now form the focus of a special programme, "Alice's Story", currently planned to be screened in the autumn of 2017.