A dognapper was on the prowl in Kent weeks earlier than PCSO Julia James was killed, it has emerged immediately.
The 53-year-old grandmother was crushed to loss of life whereas out strolling her Jack Russell terrier on a path by way of woodland near her dwelling within the Kent hamlet of Snowdown, close to Canterbury.
No-one has but been arrested in relation to Ms James’ loss of life and police haven’t revealed a attainable motive for her killing.
But it surely has immediately emerged native police have warned residents within the space a couple of potential canine napping incident, which passed off weeks earlier than Ms James’s loss of life.
The warning, revealed within the native parish journal, urges canine walkers to not exit alone – and even to hold an alarm.
Police say a suspicious man in a BMW approached two canine walkers in March.
The person, considered in his 60s, is alleged to have provided to ‘trade’ the pair’s canine for cigarettes.
The warning reads: ‘Canine house owners are warned to be vigilant when your canine is outdoors the home. Your canine can’t be safely left unsupervised even in your individual backyard!
PCSO Julia James was killed whereas out strolling her Jack Russell in Ackholt Wooden in Snowdown, in Kent
The 53-year-old grandmother was crushed to loss of life whereas out strolling on a path by way of woodland near her dwelling in Snowdown
it has immediately emerged native police have warned residents within the space a couple of potential canine napping incident which passed off weeks earlier than Ms James’s loss of life
Julia had completed her shift and headed out from dwelling along with her Jack Russell at round 3pm on Tuesday – her physique, along with her loyal canine sat subsequent to it, was discovered at 4pm
‘On Tuesday, March 16, two dog-walkers have been approached – in broad daylight – by a person in his 60s, from a black BMW within the lanes between Nonington and Aylesham, asking to trade their pet canine for cigarettes and did they need to eliminate the canine anyway!
‘The recommendation is to not be alone, if attainable. Further precautions needs to be taken comparable to strolling with a stick, protecting your canine shut and on a lead, carrying an alarm and having your cell phone totally charged.
‘Please are you able to report any such approaches to police, taking cautious not of any automotive quantity plates and different figuring out particulars.’
Ms James was strolling at her Jack Russell on the time of her loss of life. The canine remained on the scene along with her physique, in response to reviews.
Immediately a supply informed the Sun that Ms James’ loss of life might have been a canine napping gone ‘horribly incorrect’.
The supply stated: ‘It is attainable the assassin was concentrating on her canine however it went horribly incorrect.
‘The killer is just not going to need to take a chipped canine realizing he is simply dedicated a homicide.
‘He could have panicked and fled, leaving the canine.’
Immediately a Kent Police spokesperson informed MailOnline: ‘We’re protecting an open thoughts with reference to all attainable traces of enquiry.’
It comes after the Mail revealed how a feminine canine walker was confronted by a prowler in a van one mile away from the place Ms James was killed.
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.
The canine walker was allegedly pestered by a person in Nonnington as she walked her canine. She managed to distract him earlier than fleeing and shouting out for assist.
Additionally it is understood PCSOs patrolling the village close to Canterbury have warned ladies out strolling their canine to ‘veer from their regular route’ and keep away from the woodland areas after their colleague’s loss of life.
Yesterday, an uncle of murdered Ms James urged the general public to assist the hunt for her killer, saying: ‘Let’s discover this monster earlier than he could cause extra grief to a different household.’
Dozens of officers have combed the woods and surrounding fields since Tuesday afternoon when her physique was discovered however they’ve but to discover a homicide weapon or a major clue to her attacker’s id.
Julia James on her marriage ceremony day, along with her son Patrick (left) and daughter Bethan (proper)
Heartbroken uncle Michael Turnbull (pictured), from Canterbury, appealed on social media for the general public’s assist to catch the killer
Heartbroken uncle Michael Turnbull, from Canterbury, appealed on social media for the general public’s assist to catch the killer.
‘Julia has been taken from us by some nugatory, cowardly excuse for a human being for no different motive than his personal sense of self-gratification to justify what he did, forsaking a household filled with damaged hearts and disappointment,’ he stated.
He informed how she was a mom to 2 youngsters, Bethan and Patrick, and a grandmother to Jaxxon. ‘Julia was humorous, sort, caring, at all times noticed the great in folks and, most of all, was full of affection.
‘Please share this and allow us to discover this monster earlier than he could cause extra grief to a different household.’
His shifting attraction got here because the police neighborhood assist officer’s daughter Bethan Coles, son-in-law Chase and grandson Jaxxon paid a go to to a makeshift memorial to learn the heartfelt messages left with dozens of floral tributes.
Mrs James had been working from dwelling when she took her canine Toby for a day stroll. She was seen leaving at round 3pm earlier than her physique was discovered an hour in a while a rustic path along with her loyal Jack Russell ready by her facet.
Kent Police investigators described a possible sexual motive for the homicide as ‘an essential line of inquiry’. They declined to reveal whether or not her physique was discovered totally clothed.
Detectives have additionally not dominated out a hyperlink to Mrs James’s work as a PCSO with the Kent pressure, most lately as a member of its home violence unit. Nationwide Crime Company officers are additionally serving to the investigation.
Floral tributes have been left close to the scene have been PCSO James was murdered. Police are nonetheless looking out the world on the lookout for the homicide weapon or proof linking the killer to the crime
Two ladies lay flowers in a park in Aylesham village yesterday near the scene the place PSCO Julia James was discovered
Two PCSOs patrol the world close to to the flowers left for PCSO Julia James at a park in Aylesham village in Kent
Native residents have voiced their fears over the killer nonetheless being at giant. One feminine canine walker reported a person in a van exposing himself to her two weeks in the past, a mile from the scene of the homicide.
The killing occurred simply two miles from the place Lin Russell, 45, and daughter Megan, six, have been bludgeoned to loss of life in 1996. 9-year-old daughter Josie was left near loss of life however recovered.
Mrs James’s husband Paul, 57, a hypnotherapist she married 4 years in the past, has to date been too upset to talk of his loss. Her son Patrick Davis, 23, has stated he’s devastated by his mom’s loss of life.
Police colleagues have additionally been paying tribute to the PCSO, who served for 15 years, by leaving flowers by the village of Aylesham’s mining memorial not removed from her dwelling.