The daughter of murdered PCSO Julia James has shared a poignant picture of her mom, as police probe whether or not her killing had a possible sexual motive, or if the assault was revenge for her work as an officer.

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Bethan Coles posted the picture of the 2 of them smiling on Fb, with a message urging buddies to ‘Assist us discover #justiceforjulia’.

The household has paid an emotional tribute to the ‘fiercely loyal’ officer, whose loss of life in a quiet Kent hamlet has sparked an enormous response within the hunt for her killer. 

Detectives are probing if she died in a ‘sexually-motivated’ assault the place she was killed from ‘blunt drive accidents’ – after it emerged a flasher had made an indecent publicity weeks earlier.

Kent Police confirmed it was ‘an vital line of enquiry’ as they revealed Julia, 53, had died of ‘important head accidents’. 

Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards wouldn’t reveal whether or not the physique was totally clothed when found however mentioned: ‘There are variety of potential motives and I might be mendacity if I did not take into account [a sex attack] as considered one of them.’

One other idea being explored is that her loss of life was revenge for her police work within the Canterbury space, during which she specialised in home violence.

In a poignant assertion final night time, Julia’s household mentioned: ‘There aren’t any phrases to adequately describe the void left in our lives by the loss of life of our mum.

‘She was a lot to so many individuals; a spouse, mom, daughter, nanny, sister and a pal.

‘Mum was fiercely loyal, she beloved together with her entire coronary heart and nothing was an excessive amount of bother for the folks she cared about.

‘She had a stupendous smile and was at all times fast to snigger, she was so naturally humorous with an excellent sense of humour.

‘It is troublesome to explain an individual in a couple of sentences, to explain who they honestly have been is unimaginable, however the individuals who knew her will know the way variety she was and the way she would deliver a lot enjoyable and life to a room.

‘Her loss will likely be felt by us each second of day by day. She will likely be so sorely missed. As a household we are attempting to know how we’ll navigate our lives with out her, it appears an unimaginable process.

‘We want to thank everyone who has messaged and left flowers, the outpouring of affection and assist from buddies, the area people and our policing household has been huge.

‘After assembly with the police we now have each confidence that they’re doing every little thing inside their energy to seek out the individual accountable and I urge everyone who could have any data, nevertheless small or insignificant to contact the police. You possibly can be serving to us get justice for Julia.’

Bethan Coles posted the image of her and her mother smiling on Facebook, with a message urging friends to 'Help us find #justiceforjulia'

Bethan Coles posted the picture of her and her mom smiling on Fb, with a message urging buddies to ‘Assist us discover #justiceforjulia’

Police Community Support Officers look at flowers left in memory of PCSO Julia James in Aylesham, Kent, whose body was discovered at Akholt Wood on Tuesday

Police Group Assist Officers take a look at flowers left in reminiscence of PCSO Julia James in Aylesham, Kent, whose physique was found at Akholt Wooden on Tuesday

Police officers search a field close to the hamlet of Snowdown, near Aylesham, East Kent, where the body of PCSO Julia James was discovered

Law enforcement officials search a area near the hamlet of Snowdown, close to Aylesham, East Kent, the place the physique of PCSO Julia James was found

Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards would not reveal whether the body was fully clothed when discovered but said: 'There are number of potential motives and I'd be lying if I didn't consider [a sex attack] as one of them'

Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards wouldn’t reveal whether or not the physique was totally clothed when found however mentioned: ‘There are variety of potential motives and I might be mendacity if I did not take into account [a sex attack] as considered one of them’

Dozens of flowers have been left near the scene of the shocking attack, as tributes continue to pour in for the 'fiercely loyal' officer

Dozens of flowers have been left close to the scene of the stunning assault, as tributes proceed to pour in for the ‘fiercely loyal’ officer

Julia had finished her shift and headed out from home with her Jack Russell at around 3pm on Tuesday - her body, with her loyal dog sat next to it, was found at 4pm

Julia had completed her shift and headed out from residence together with her Jack Russell at round 3pm on Tuesday – her physique, together with her loyal canine sat subsequent to it, was discovered at 4pm

The police employee was discovered on a path on the fringe of a area behind her home at 4pm in neighbouring Snowdown on Tuesday afternoon together with her devoted Jack Russell, Toby, by her aspect.

Police are treating her loss of life as homicide and concern she could have been killed by a random stranger. Officers investigating the tragedy have been made conscious of one other potential incident earlier this month

ACC Richards mentioned she died from ‘blunt forces accidents’ after she was hit repeatedly over the top by a heavy implement.

The officer main the investigation mentioned: ‘We don’t at this stage have any recognized suspects. We’re retaining all choices open whereas we totally examine the circumstances of this matter and attempt to perceive precisely what occurred. We don’t at this stage perceive the motive for the assault.

‘I want to enchantment for witnesses. If anyone noticed something suspicious or unusual on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week we’re very, very anxious to talk to them.’

Earlier Tim Smith, deputy chief constable of Kent Police, mentioned: ‘I can verify that we now have launched a homicide investigation, we now have a whole bunch of officers engaged on that investigation.

‘I can not go into plenty of element for maybe very apparent causes, however it’s honest to say there are a selection of various traces of inquiry, we’re working very exhausting to determine a motive. It’s proper to say we now have obtained no clear suspects at the moment.

‘We have now big groups of very specialist officers engaged on this to attempt to unravel this.’

Requested if police had been in a position to rule out if the homicide may have been sexually motivated, he replied: ‘That will likely be an vital line of enquiry, I’m not in a position to say both manner at this stage. We’re retaining a really open thoughts concerning the motive.

‘Right now I believe we will say as a lot as Julia died from important head accidents.’

‘We recognised with such a criminal offense of this nature there will likely be plenty of hypothesis, I’m not in a position to say at this stage what we expect have motivated this crime. At this stage it could be flawed for me to invest at this stage.

‘The recommendation I’d give folks is to verify they know what has occurred. You may have requested the query about stranger assaults, that is still a chance, so I’d need folks in that space to know that and make choices about their on a regular basis lives and the way they reside it,’ he added to BBC Radio Kent.

The feedback got here because it emerged there had been a ‘flasher’ within the village however it had not been reported. One lady instructed The Occasions: ‘The sufferer was shocked she did not need take a lot discover. She did not take it additional.’ 

And it got here the day after it was revealed {that a} feminine canine walker was confronted by a prowler in a van one mile away from the place the homicide occurred.

The lady is alleged to have been accosted by a person in a white transit car as she walked alongside a quiet path within the village of Nonnington, Kent, two weeks in the past.  She managed to distract him earlier than fleeing and shouting out for assist.

It’s also understood PCSOs patrolling the village close to Canterbury have warned girls out strolling their canine to ‘veer from their regular route’ and keep away from the woodland areas after their colleague’s loss of life. 

A whole lot of police are scouring the crime scene for clues, with colleagues of the murdered PCSO paying tribute to their fallen comrade, promising her: ‘Your obligation is completed. We’ll take it from right here’.

The message from the ‘guys in blue’ was amongst a rising variety of flowers, playing cards and candles left for her, in her residence village of Snowdown, the place she was attacked on a footpath whereas strolling her canine after ending her shift 48 hours in the past. 

As Kent Police examine the homicide of considered one of their very own, it has emerged: 

  • Detectives piece collectively Julia James remaining actions within the hour earlier than she was murdered after leaving her residence together with her canine. She is believed to have been working from residence and simply completed for the day. There have been no arrests;
  • Officers proceed to go looking woodland for clues as hunt for Julia’s killer proceed. Police are additionally going door-to-door and have visited a traveller website near crime scene in hunt for witnesses;
  • Julia’s married her husband Paul, a hypnotherapist, in 2017. She has two kids – a daughter who additionally works for the police and a 23-year-old son – in addition to an toddler grandson.
  • Her ex-partner Wayne additionally admits it could possibly be one thing to do together with her work within the home violence unit. He added: ‘It instantly jogged my memory of what occurred with Lin and Megan Russell in Chillenden, which is simply 2.5miles away’; 
Julia's family have released this new picture of her along with a statement paying tribute to her and appealing for witnesses

Julia’s household have launched this new image of her together with an announcement paying tribute to her and interesting for witnesses

Julia James, a serving PCSO for Kent Police for 15 years, starting under her maiden name Ghost, was found dead on a secluded footpath in Snowdown, near Dover, at 4pm on Tuesday with locals fearing that a 'nutter is on the loose'

Julia James, a serving PCSO for Kent Police for 15 years, beginning beneath her maiden title Ghost, was discovered useless on a secluded footpath in Snowdown, close to Dover, at 4pm on Tuesday with locals fearing {that a} ‘nutter is on the unfastened’

Police hunting for her killer also left flowers thanking her for her 'duty' and promising they would 'take it from here'

Another tribute promised her she would 'never be forgotten'

Police trying to find her killer additionally left flowers thanking her for her ‘obligation’ and promising they might ‘take it from right here’. One other tribute promised her she would ‘by no means be forgotten’

 

Mourners, including police officers and PCSOs, have left flowers commemoration wheel for those associated with Snowdown Colliery in the historic village green and at the entrance to a bridleway where Julia took her final journey

Mourners, together with law enforcement officials and PCSOs, have left flowers commemoration wheel for these related to Snowdown Colliery within the historic village inexperienced and on the entrance to a bridleway the place Julia took her remaining journey

These forensics officer were seen taking away items from the scene including what appears to be a blue bag or an item of clothing

These forensics officer have been seen taking away gadgets from the scene together with what seems to be a blue bag or an merchandise of clothes

Huge numbers of forensics teams and rank-and-file officers are out in the fields around her home looking for evidence and a murder weapon, including a team on the left with a metal detector, suggesting that they could be hunting for a weapon like a hammer or a knife

Big numbers of forensics groups and rank-and-file officers are out within the fields round her residence in search of proof and a homicide weapon, together with a crew on the left with a steel detector, suggesting that they could possibly be trying to find a weapon like a hammer or a knife

Julia, pictured with her hypnotherapist husband Paul, worked in the Kent Police domestic violence team and had been commended for bravery after chasing a  shoplifter in her 15 year police career

Mrs James's ex-partner Wayne Davis revealed how their son Patrick broke the news of her death to their family

Julia, pictured together with her hypnotherapist husband Paul, labored within the Kent Police home violence crew and had been recommended for bravery after chasing a  shoplifter in her 15 12 months police profession. Mrs James’s ex-partner Wayne Davis (proper) revealed how their son Patrick broke the information of her loss of life to their household, calling her ‘the love of my life’

PCSO’s homicide has chilling echoes of infamous Chillenden killings: Physique was discovered lower than three miles from spot the place mom and daughter have been bludgeoned to loss of life 25 years in the past 

The physique of murdered PSCO Julia James, 53, was discovered on Tuesday on a path on the fringe of Akholt Wooden in Snowdown, close to Aylesham in Kent. 

That is simply two and a half miles from Cherry Backyard Lane within the neighbouring village of Chillenden, the place Lin Russell, 45, was murdered alongside her six-year-old daughter Megan in July 1996.

Ms James was attacked whereas out strolling her canine, with police warning the general public to be vigilant over fears she may have been focused by a random attacker, whereas Dr Russell and her two daughters have been strolling residence from a swimming competitors. 

Wayne Davis, who was with Mrs James for 13 years earlier than their cut up in 2009, drew a comparability between each tragedies. 

‘It instantly jogged my memory of what occurred with Lin and Megan Russell in Chillenden, which is simply 2.5miles away,’ he mentioned. 

Lin Russell, 45, and her daughter Megan, six were murdered in Kent in 1996

Lin Russell, 45, and her daughter Megan, six have been murdered in Kent in 1996

Michael Stone was later convicted of murdering Dr Russell and Megan on July 9, 1996.

Stone tied them up earlier than blindfolding them and beating them to loss of life with a hammer. Megan’s sister Josie, then 9, survived the brutal assault, leaving her traumatised and unable to talk for an entire 12 months. 

Stone additionally killed the household canine, Lucy. In the meantime, mother-of-two Ms James’ Jack Russell terrier stayed together with her physique till it was discovered mendacity on a path

Stone was handed three life sentences for the attack

Stone was handed three life sentences for the assault 

The random assault shocked the nation and sparked one of many greatest manhunts in British police historical past, with Stone, then 37, arrested greater than a 12 months later and charged.  

He was given three life sentences being discovered responsible at two trials – he additionally misplaced an enchantment. The idea of his conviction was a confession to a fellow prisoner. 

Josie went on to rebuild her life after the tragedy, and in 2009 graduated from Coleg Menai in Bangor with a level in graphic design. She began a greeting card enterprise earlier than shifting on to producing textile landscapes, which now promote for as much as £500 every. 

Stone has at all times protested his innocence and insisted Milly Dowler’s killer Levi Bellfield was responsible. He misplaced his newest bid to have his conviction overturned in 2019. 

Julia’s former companion additionally instructed MailOnline he fears the ‘love of his life’ could have been killed on account of her job serving to victims of home violence, with dozens of her police colleagues now finishing up fingertip searches on the route she had taken earlier than she died. 

Mrs James’ neighbours are mentioned to be ‘scared’ {that a} harmful ‘nutter is on the unfastened’ because it emerged she could have been killed by a random attacker with locals admitting they’re now too ‘terrified’ to stroll their very own canine after the married mother-of-two died.

Residents of Snowdown, close to Dover, have been urged to be vigilant after Mrs James, who had labored as a PCSO for almost 15 years and had been recommended for bravery for chasing down a shoplifter, was discovered useless. 

Kent Police haven’t revealed if they’ve discovered a homicide weapon, however with van after van of officers arriving to go looking paths, hedges and woodland, it suggests not. A specialist canine unit has additionally been introduced in to assist search groups within the timber subsequent to the place Julia was discovered useless and later a crew of males with steel detectors arrived, suggesting they’re in search of a hidden metallic merchandise like a hammer or knife.  

As officers sealed off fields and footpaths within the space, mourners left flowers on the commemoration wheel for Snowdown’s historic colliery and on the entrance to a bridleway the place Julia took her remaining journey.

One from colleagues had a observe which learn: ‘PCSO Julia James. Your obligation is completed. Take it simple for now we’ll take it from right here! Pondering of your loved ones at the moment. From the blokes in blue xx’ One other bouquet was left by a pal Becki with a observe calling her ‘the kindest individual I’ve ever met’, and thanking her for at all times making her snigger. 

Referring to locals’ claims {that a} feminine canine walker was confronted by a prowler in a van, a spokesman for Kent Police mentioned: ‘This can be a reside investigation and we proceed to hold out enquiries to determine the circumstances. 

‘We won’t be commenting or speculating on any particular person traces of enquiry at the moment.’

The small hamlet of Snowdown, a former mining group midway between Canterbury and Dover, are deep in grief and shock as we speak, and lots of are additionally fearful. 

Charles Woodgate, who represents Aylesham, Eythorne and Shepherdswell on Dover District Council, mentioned: ‘Folks within the village are scared there was some loopy nutter within the woods who’s now on the unfastened. They concern it was a stranger who killed Julia and hopefully the police catch them rapidly.’

Wayne Davis, who was with Julia for 13 years earlier than their cut up in 2009, mentioned he can not comprehend how anybody would wish to damage her – however instructed that her work in Kent Police’s home violence unit can also be being checked out in case she was attacked by somebody with a vendetta. 

Talking to MailOnline as we speak, he mentioned: ‘We do not know if it is a random assault or whether or not she was focused by somebody, presumably due to her job. Whoever has completed this must be arrested as quickly as doable as a result of we do not know if it’s going to occur once more. Lots of people stroll their canine down that path, a lot of them alone.’

Household pal Sean Simmonds, who lives reverse Mrs James and her husband Paul, instructed how he would usually speak to her about her job. Mr Simmonds, who was doubtlessly the final individual to see her alive as she walked her Jack Russell terrier Toby on Tuesday afternoon, mentioned he too feared she had been focused by means of her job.

He mentioned: ‘I used to speak to her about her job fairly a bit, she mentioned she was a PCSO who was primarily workplace and labored with victims of home violence. She preferred her job very a lot. I’ve puzzled whether or not she was the sufferer of an enraged husband whose spouse she helped depart the household residence on account of abuse however she by no means instructed me that she’d been threatened by anybody or had any grievances with anybody.’

The case has chilling echoes of considered one of Britain’s most infamous homicide circumstances, which happened within the neighbouring village of Chillenden, Kent, 25 years in the past, when Dr Lin Russell, 45, and her daughter Megan, six, have been bludgeoned to loss of life with a hammer as they walked their household canine. 9-year-old Josie Russell suffered horrific accidents however made a full restoration. 

Michael Stone was jailed for all times for 2 counts of homicide and one depend of tried homicide, however nonetheless protests his innocence, claiming that serial killer Levi Bellfield did it. Stone’s repeated makes an attempt to have his convictions overturned have all failed.  

Julia had discovered love with hypnotherapist Paul James, 57, and the couple married in 2017. She has a son, 23, and her daughter can also be thought to work with Kent Police. It’s understood Mrs James’s household are being taken care of by police household liaison officers. 

She joined the police 15 years in the past after working for Kent County Council and in 2010 obtained a commendation for bravery after chasing down a person suspected of shoplifting in Ashford purchasing centre. Her patch was the city of Tenterden, and describing herself to the native paper in 2013 she mentioned: ‘I’m a folks individual and love being locally’. 

Wayne Davis, who was with Mrs James for 13 years earlier than their cut up in 2009, instructed MailOnline he had earlier within the day texted their son Patrick a Fb hyperlink a few lady being discovered useless on a neighborhood path. 

He requested Patrick if he knew what was occurring and his son messaged again that he didn’t however mentioned there was a ‘load of police’ across the village. Nevertheless, when Patrick returned to the house he shares together with his girlfriend hours later in Dover he was instructed the terrible information and rang Mr Davis in tears to say ‘that lady is mum’.

Mr Davis added: ‘It instantly jogged my memory of what occurred with Lin and Megan Russell in Chillenden, which is simply 2.5miles away.’

Search groups are persevering with to scour woodland and fields as we speak as they attempt to discover the killer of PCSO James after she was discovered useless on a distant footpath close to her residence on Tuesday.

5 marked Kent Police vans arrived on the secluded scene at Ackholt Wooden close to Aylesham, Kent at round 9am as search efforts within the homicide investigation, codenamed Operation Sark, appeared to ramp up.

Eight marked vans and eleven marked and unmarked vehicles have been parked on a 100 metre stretch of the highway close to to the place grandmother of 1 Julia, 53, was discovered useless on Tuesday.

Dozens of officers carrying police caps and face masks have been seen being briefed whereas holding rakes to go looking undergrowth with.

They lined up earlier than getting into the general public footpath round 9.30am to proceed looking the huge distant woodland for clues.

A bunch of flowers has been left on the scene.

A observe hooked up titled ‘Pondering of you’ learn: ‘Dearest Julia. R.I.P. You made me snigger. The kindest individual I ever met. Love Becki x.’

A police officer speaks to two colleagues from forensics next to the tent where Julia's body was found on the outskirts of Akholt Wood in Snowdown, Kent

A police officer speaks to 2 colleagues from forensics subsequent to the tent the place Julia’s physique was discovered on the outskirts of Akholt Wooden in Snowdown, Kent

Julia was found on the edge of this woodland with her Jack Russell, who had stayed with her body

Julia was discovered on the sting of this woodland together with her Jack Russell, who had stayed together with her physique

Four specialists with metal detectors and scanning equipment arrived in the field where Julia was found dead

4 specialists with steel detectors and scanning gear arrived within the area the place Julia was discovered useless 

Officers were on their hands and knees carrying out fingertip searches of paths, verges and trees near where Julia was murdered

Officers have been on their arms and knees finishing up fingertip searches of paths, verges and timber close to the place Julia was murdered

Officers with forks are searching fields for evidence amid fears a random attacker my be responsible and still on the loose

Officers with forks are looking fields for proof amid fears a random attacker my be accountable and nonetheless on the unfastened

The officers, some of whom are likely to have worked on the Sarah Everard investigation, have been following Julia's route from home

The officers, a few of whom are prone to have labored on the Sarah Everard investigation, have been following Julia’s route from residence

A police care guards the home of PCSO Julia James in Snowdown, Kent, this morning

A police care guards the house of PCSO Julia James in Snowdown, Kent, this morning

Massive numbers of police together with groups of specialist forensics officers are within the space having sealed off acres of land to seek out clues about her killer

These flowers were left for Julia near where she died with the note from a friend called Becki calling her the 'kindest person I've ever met'

These flowers have been left for Julia close to the place she died with the observe from a pal known as Becki calling her the ‘kindest individual I’ve ever met’

The body of Mrs James was found just two fields from her home in Snowdown, Kent, on Tuesday afternoon

The physique of Mrs James was discovered simply two fields from her residence in Snowdown, Kent, on Tuesday afternoon

The case has chilling echoes of one of Britain's most notorious murder cases, which took place in the neighbouring village of Chillenden, Kent, 25 years ago, when Dr Lin Russell, 45, and her daughter Megan, six, were bludgeoned to death with a hammer as they walked their family dog

The case has chilling echoes of considered one of Britain’s most infamous homicide circumstances, which happened within the neighbouring village of Chillenden, Kent, 25 years in the past, when Dr Lin Russell, 45, and her daughter Megan, six, have been bludgeoned to loss of life with a hammer as they walked their household canine

Julia’s former companion Wayne Davis mentioned of their son: ‘He is solely 23-years previous and he is misplaced his mum. He’s completely devastated. I bear in mind what it was like after I misplaced my mom and I knew it was going to occur as a result of she’d been in poor health. I can not think about what he is going by means of.

‘We do not know any extra about what’s occurred apart from it seems to be like Julia was strolling the canine on the time. We do not know if it is a random assault or whether or not she was focused by somebody, presumably due to her job.  

‘She was a stunning, cheerful individual. At all times joyful and smiling. The final time I noticed Julia was in 2017. My mom was in poor health and was too poorly to select up her prescription. I might gone to the native chemist and Julia shouted out my title within the automotive park and we had a catch-up.

‘She instructed me that she’d began working at Canterbury police station on home violence. I joked to her ‘what? Giving it out?’ and he or she laughed.

‘I most likely would not have been in a position to get away with that once we have been collectively however she was a very pleasant one who had an enormous caring aspect. She at all times had our son’s finest pursuits at coronary heart.

‘Whoever has completed this must be arrested as quickly as doable as a result of we do not know if it’s going to occur once more. Lots of people stroll their canine down that path, a lot of them alone.’ 

He later instructed the Solar: ‘He [Patrick] was devastated. Julia was the love of my life, however we separated, as {couples} typically do.

‘She was a stunning lady. She was strolling her canine so much. What she did as a PCSO was not only a job – it was a lifestyle.’

‘What I personally discover odd, is it is occurred in the midst of nowhere,’ he mentioned. It is a thriller. The police know greater than what they’re saying – they wish to catch who has completed it.

‘For one thing like that to occur, in the midst of nowhere – you do not know whether or not it is simply random.’

Mr Davis added: ‘It instantly jogged my memory of what occurred with Lin and Megan Russell in Chillenden, which is simply 2.5miles away.’

The trail the place Mrs James physique was discovered is simply two and a half miles from Cherry Backyard Lane within the neighbouring village of Chillenden, Kent, the place Lin Russell was murdered alongside her daughter Megan in July 1996.

Michael Stone, who was later convicted of the double homicide, additionally left Dr Russell’s nine-year-old daughter Josie combating for all times within the assault. 

Stone attacked the household as they walked their canine within the surrounding countryside. 

A number of police autos arrived in Snowdown as we speak and forensics groups have been seen working near the bridal path on which Mrs James’s physique was discovered. No arrests have been made within the case. 

Sean Simmonds, who lives reverse the semi-detached, three-bedroom residence Mrs James shares together with her husband Paul, mentioned he noticed her depart the home to stroll her canine at 3pm on Tuesday however didn’t see her return. 

She was discovered useless an hour in a while a bridleway on the sting of Ackholt Wooden and fields off the Aylesham Highway space of Snowdown, a former coal mining city near Dover.

It’s understood Mrs James had been working from residence and had taken her canine out for a stroll afterwards.  

Mr Simmonds, 57, mentioned he was instructed by police that the small canine ‘stayed with’ Mrs James following her loss of life and was discovered alongside the grandmother’s physique. 

He mentioned: ‘I used to be sharpening my automotive on the driveway and I seemed up and noticed Julia strolling previous on the opposite aspect of the highway with the canine.

‘She was heading in the direction of the woods on the again, I might sometimes stumble upon her there after I was out strolling my two canine. I did not see her come again. Round 4pm, the police arrived and began cordoning off the world.’  

Neighbours mentioned Mrs James repeatedly exercised her canine alongside the nation footpaths close to to her residence, which is on a Thirties miners’ housing property within the hamlet. 

A pal of Mrs James’ son Patrick Davis mentioned: ‘Patrick is devastated as you possibly can think about. His mum was such a stunning individual, I can not think about who would wish to do her any hurt.

‘I do know she labored as a PCSO and helped victims of home violence.

‘Patrick has thanked buddies for his or her assist and type phrases however he simply wants time to himself in the mean time.’

Neighbour Mr Simmonds added: ‘I am a paramedic and I work within the emergency providers so I knew by the quantity of police it was for one thing severe. We came upon simply how severe some time later, it is such a shock. 

‘I used to speak to her about her job fairly a bit, she mentioned she was a PCSO who was primarily workplace and labored with victims of home violence. She preferred her job very a lot. 

‘She was at all times fairly upbeat and cheerful. After we did cease to talk it tended to be about our work as a result of we each work for the emergency providers so there was some widespread floor. I do know she had labored from residence primarily over the past 12 months or so due to the pandemic.’

It stays unclear how Mrs James died, however a publish mortem is because of be held to determine her reason for loss of life. 

Close by fields stay sealed off as we speak and a police tent might be seen on a path that runs between a area and woodland

Increasingly more vans of officer swept into the crime scene as we speak because the seek for clues continues

Groups of law enforcement officials seek for clues in woodland near the place the PCSO was discovered useless on Tuesday

Julia James (pictured), a serving PCSO for Kent Police, was found dead near woodland in Kent on Tuesday afternoon after finishing work

 Julia James (pictured), a serving PCSO for Kent Police, was discovered useless close to woodland in Kent on Tuesday afternoon after ending work

The body of Julia James (pictured), 53, was found near to Akholt Wood in Snowdown, near Aylesham, Kent, shortly after 4pm on Tuesday

Pictured: Mrs James

The physique of Mrs James (pictured left and proper with a canine believed to be her Jack Russell), 53, was discovered close to to Akholt Wooden in Snowdown, close to Aylesham, Kent, shortly after 4pm on Tuesday 

Murdered PCSO Julia James with her current husband Paul. Her son broke the news of her death to her family

Murdered PCSO Julia James together with her present husband Paul. Her son broke the information of her loss of life to her household

House Secretary Priti Patel has provided her condolences to the household of PCSO James. She tweeted: ‘So saddened to listen to of the loss of life of @kent-police PCSO Julia James. I supply my honest condolences to Julia’s buddies, household and colleagues at this terrible time.’

Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards mentioned: ‘Officers are finishing up quite a few traces of enquiry to determine the circumstances and other people within the Snowdown space will see an elevated police presence in consequence.

‘It saddens me to verify that the sufferer was a serving PCSO for Kent Police and while there’s a full and thorough investigation underway our ideas additionally stay together with her household, buddies and colleagues.’     

He added: ‘It’s vitally vital that anybody who was within the space on Monday and Tuesday who could have seen one thing suspicious will get in contact with us.

‘We’re notably eager to talk to those that repeatedly go to the world who could have seen one thing misplaced and those that drove by who’ve dash-cam footage.

‘We’d advise anybody within the space to stay vigilant till the complete circumstances of the loss of life are established.’    

Nationwide Police Federation chair John Apter mentioned: ‘Police have launched a homicide investigation after ⁦@kent_police⁩ PCSO Julia James was discovered useless in distant Snowdown woods. 

‘My coronary heart goes out to Julia’s household, pal and her colleagues. That is devastating information.’ 

It’s understood Mrs James grew to become a police group assist officer in 2007, becoming a member of from a Kent County Council studying useful resource centre.

After turning into a PCSO for Tenterden in 2013, she instructed a neighborhood paper: ‘I’m a folks individual and love being locally. The folks in Tenterden are very pleasant.’

She has two kids – a daughter who additionally works for the police and a 23-year-old son – in addition to an toddler grandson.  

Devastated locals say the group, comprised of roughly 54 homes and a part of the civil parish of Aylesham, has been left ‘shocked’ and ‘reeling’ following her loss of life. 

The woman (above), who had worked as a PCSO for Kent Police since 2007, was pronounced dead at the scene

The lady (above), who had labored as a PCSO for Kent Police since 2007, was pronounced useless on the scene

Pictured: Mrs James with her husband Paul, who married in June 2017 and have lived in Snowdown for around four years

Pictured: Mrs James together with her husband Paul, who married in June 2017 and have lived in Snowdown for round 4 years

Forensic officers arrive at the entrance to a path near where the body of Ms James was found on Tuesday

Forensic officers arrive on the entrance to a path close to the place the physique of Ms James was discovered on Tuesday

Police vehicles are seen near to a travellers site in Snowdown, where officers spoke to residents as they searched for witnesses

Police autos are seen close to to a travellers website in Snowdown, the place officers spoke to residents as they looked for witnesses

Leah Southwell, 18, mentioned: ‘She was so joyful. So bubbly, should you have been having a nasty day she’d be there smiling at you and making an attempt to make you snigger.’

{The teenager} described how the world was ‘swarmed with police’ after the physique was found.

She mentioned: ‘Final night time about 10pm, I seemed out my window and there have been sirens, blue lights all down my highway.

‘At round 4pm-ish there have been two vans, a bit of van and a squad automotive, and there was a fireplace engine as effectively.

‘Nothing ever occurs round right here. It is simply stunning to be trustworthy.’   

One other neighbour mentioned: ‘I can not imagine it. She was a loving mum and the pillar of the group. That is devastating. She was a stunning lady. A terrific a part of the group.’

Paramedic Sean Simmonds, 57, who lives on the identical road as Mrs James, mentioned he solely noticed the mother-of-two strolling her Jack Russell a couple of days in the past.

He mentioned: ‘I can not imagine it. She normally walks her canine within the fields, a bit of Jack Russell. That hasn’t been seen both.

‘It is a such a disgrace.’ 

Mary Bowden, 71, added Mrs James saved herself to herself however appeared good.

She mentioned: ‘She was a really quiet, good girl, very inoffensive. I usually used to see her strolling her canine.

‘Nothing occurs round right here normally. She was only a quiet, pretty girl.’ 



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