Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'I Think about Alice All the Day, All the Time' ONE YEAR ON, ALICE'S FAMILY TELL OF LIFE WITHOUT HER

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'I Think about Alice All the Day, All the Time' ONE YEAR ON, ALICE'S FAMILY TELL OF LIFE WITHOUT HER

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Byline: LAURA HILL Reporter Laura.Hill@trinitymirror.com @laurahillnews

TWELVE months on the pain is still raw, but the mum of murdered Alice Ruggles has spoken of the gap the bubbly 24-year-old has left in her family's life.

On October 12, 2016, Alice was murdered in her Gateshead home by her ex-boyfriend.

Lance Corporal Trimaan "Harry" Dhillon subjected his ex-girlfriend to campaign of stalking and harassment before he broke into her house and killed her.

One year on her mum, Sue Hills, 56, said she still finds it hard to believe her beloved daughter is gone.

"It doesn't get any easier to accept, it's just so hard to believe it happened," she said.

"I think about Alice every day, all the time. The only time I don't think about Alice is when I am working and I have to concentrate, otherwise I am always thinking about her.

"I don't know if I ever will not always be thinking about Alice, I don't ever want to stop thinking about her.

"We are thinking about Alice and thinking about how lovely she was and what a mark she made on the world in her short life."

Outgoing and funny, Alice worked at Sky in Newcastle and built close friendships with colleagues. She had moved to the North East from Leicestershire to study at Northumbria University. She stayed on after graduating, making the region her home.

Sue and husband Clive, 65, would often visit Newcastle and say they have happy and positive memories of the North East.

Alice's brothers Nick, 28, Patrick, 21, and sister Emma, 29, are all still struggling to come to terms with life without Alice.

Sue said: "There's a massive gap in our family. Alice was one of the middle children and she was so funny, she brought us all together, it's hard for us to relate to one another now without her. It's the little things, we used to have a family Whatsapp group and Alice would always post jokes and things to make us smile, but that's not there any more. …

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