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Daughter of murdered PCSO Julia James, 53, shares poignant photograph of her mom

Police investigating the homicide of PCSO Julia James continued to comb woodland right this moment as officers probe whether or not her killing may have had a sexual motive, or if the assault was revenge for her work in stopping home violence.

Julia’s colleagues right this moment pledged to go away ‘no stone unturned’ of their hunt for the killer as Kent Police confirmed revelations {that a} flasher had made an indecent publicity weeks earlier than she died from ‘blunt drive accidents’ was ‘an essential line of enquiry’.

It comes because it emerged the Nationwide Crime Company has been drafted in to help Kent Police within the homicide hunt.

They had been first noticed assessing the scene yesterday and can present ‘specialist help and recommendation’ to help the native drive investigating the puzzling thriller.

A police helicopter was seen hovering over the village final evening for the primary time, whereas the search now seems to be shifting away from the distant bridleway the place Julia, 53, was discovered lifeless, just some hundred yards from her residence in Snowdown.

Investigators combed close by fields this morning, probably tracing doable routes the killer may have used to flee the scene.

Officers in Hello-Vis jackets man each public footpath entrance to be able to shield the huge crime scene whereas the meticulous seek for a homicide weapon continues.

Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards wouldn’t reveal yesterday whether or not the physique was absolutely 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 certainly one of them.’

One other principle being explored is that her dying was revenge for her police work within the Canterbury space, through which she specialised in home violence.

In the meantime, daughter Bethan Coles right this moment posted a picture of her and her mom smiling on Fb, including a skinny blue line circle in a nod to the emergency companies.

Son-in-law Chase Coles has added the same filter across the overlaying textual content which reads: ‘Assist us discover #justiceforjulia. Name Kent Police 0800 0514 526,’ alongside two blue love hearts.

The household has paid an emotional tribute to the ‘fiercely loyal’ officer, whose dying in a quiet Kent hamlet has sparked an enormous response.

Elsewhere, an official bouquet of flowers was right this moment left by members of Kent Police on a village inexperienced mining memorial, which has been lined in tributes from locals.

The observe connected reads: ‘For our expensive colleague Julia, a service so extremely regarded. A valuable life so tragically taken. We are going to go away no stone unturned. Your colleagues, Kent Police.’

One other tribute was left from colleagues within the Vulnerability investigation workforce who Julia labored with at Canterbury police station to assist home abuse victims.

It learn: ‘Pricey Julia, you had been the kindest, most stunning lady and officer. You’ll be missed, by no means changed and all the time in our ideas. Relaxation in peace Julia. From Elly, Andy and your VIT colleagues.’

One PCSO wrote a poem – one thing Julia loved writing and sharing on Fb herself.

It learn: ‘As PCSOs we’re fairly a crowd, a promise to you to make you proud.

‘Julia you had been a ray of solar. Relaxation up now, your work is finished.

‘At all times a part of our blue line. Now be free, go and shine.’

One other floral tribute left within the historic market sq. guarantees Julia her ‘police household will get you justice’.

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 mates to ‘Assist us discover #justiceforjulia’

Police officers search a field close to the scene in Snowdown, Kent, where the body of PCSO Julia James was found

Cops search a area near the scene in Snowdown, Kent, the place the physique of PCSO Julia James was discovered

Flowers left in Aylesham by Kent Police vowing to 'leave no stone unturned" in the hunt for killer of PCSO Julia James

Flowers left in Aylesham by Kent Police vowing to ‘go away no stone unturned’ within the hunt for killer of PCSO Julia James

Police activity in a field close to the scene in Snowdown, Kent, where the body of PCSO Julia James was found

Police exercise in a area near the scene in Snowdown, Kent, the place the physique of PCSO Julia James was discovered

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 absolutely 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 certainly one of them’

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

Julia’s uncle Michael Turnbull pleaded for the general public’s assist to ‘discover this monster earlier than he may cause extra grief to a different household’.

He described her killer as ‘some nugatory cowardly excuse for a human being’, and mentioned Julia was killed ‘for no different purpose than his personal sense of self gratification’.

Mr Turnbull posted on Fb right this moment: ‘Julia has been taken from us by some nugatory cowardly excuse for a human being for no different purpose than his personal sense of self gratification to justify what he did, abandoning a household filled with damaged hearts and disappointment.

‘Please share this and allow us to discover this monster earlier than he may cause extra grief to a different household. #Justiceforjulia’

His plea for assist adopted a heartfelt tribute alongside an image of Julia together with her daughter Bethan Coles – who additionally modified her Fb profile image to the identical selfie following her mom’s dying.

Mr Turnbull’s tribute learn: ‘That is Julia and her daughter Bethan. Julia is my niece, I’ve cherished Julia because the day she was born.

‘Julia is a daughter to my beautiful sister, a mom to 2 kids Bethan and Patrick and grandmother to Jaxxon.

‘Julia is humorous, form, caring, all the time noticed the great in individuals and most of all full of affection.’

Julia’s sister in regulation additionally referred to as for the general public to ‘assist catch the monster’ who killed her.

Julia’s shut good friend Tammy Winstone urged locals to report something unusual or uncommon nevertheless insignificant it might appear.

She wrote on Fb on Friday evening: ‘Someplace on the market, residing and respiratory is the individual that did this. Strolling amongst you and your communities.

‘You suppose this might by no means occur to you. I am afraid to inform you that it might.

‘Something you will have seen, heard and even had a intestine feeling about. Possibly somebody you have seen out and about, on a prepare, on a bus, in a grocery store.

‘Possibly you felt dangerous power but did not observe an outline. That does not matter, simply realizing the place and when on this world now may be sufficient for CCTV to forged a internet. Please Name it in!

‘Assist us search Justice for Julia.’

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

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

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

‘She had a ravishing smile and was all the time fast to snicker, she was so naturally humorous with a superb sense of humour.

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

‘Her loss shall be felt by us each second of day-after-day. She shall be so sorely missed. As a household we are attempting to know how we are going to navigate our lives with out her, it appears an unimaginable job.

‘We wish to thank all people who has messaged and left flowers, the outpouring of affection and help from mates, the area people and our policing household has been monumental.

‘After assembly with the police now we have each confidence that they’re doing every part inside their energy to seek out the particular person accountable and I urge all people who could have any info, nevertheless small or insignificant to contact the police. You could possibly be serving to us get justice for Julia.’

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 facet.

Police are treating her dying 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 preserving all choices open whereas we absolutely 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 wish to attraction 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 now we have launched a homicide investigation, now we have a whole lot of officers engaged on that investigation.

‘I am unable to go into lots of element for maybe very apparent causes, however it’s honest to say there are a variety of various traces of inquiry, we’re working very onerous to determine a motive. It’s proper to say now we have bought no clear suspects presently.

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

Requested if police had been capable of rule out if the homicide may have been sexually motivated, he replied: ‘That shall be an essential line of enquiry, I’m not capable of say both approach at this stage. We’re preserving a really open thoughts in regards to the motive.

‘Presently I believe we will say as a lot as Julia died from vital head accidents.’

‘We recognised with such a criminal offense of this nature there shall be lots of hypothesis, I’m not capable of say at this stage what we predict have motivated this crime. At this stage it could be fallacious for me to take a position at this stage.

‘The recommendation I’d give individuals is to verify they know what has occurred. You will have requested the query about stranger assaults, that continues to be a chance, so I’d need individuals in that space to know that and make selections about their on a regular basis lives and the way they stay 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 informed 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 is usually understood PCSOs patrolling the village close to Canterbury have warned ladies out strolling their canines to ‘veer from their regular route’ and keep away from the woodland areas after their colleague’s dying.

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 responsibility is finished. We are going to 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 certainly 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 may very well 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 a press release 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 below her maiden identify Ghost, was discovered lifeless on a secluded footpath in Snowdown, close to Dover, at 4pm on Tuesday with locals fearing {that a} ‘nutter is on the free’

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 ‘responsibility’ 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 cops 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 had 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 searching for proof and a homicide weapon, together with a workforce on the left with a metallic detector, suggesting that they may very well 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 workforce 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 dying 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 had been bludgeoned to dying 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 had 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 had 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 dying with a hammer. Megan’s sister Josie, then 9, survived the brutal assault, leaving her traumatised and unable to talk for a complete 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 largest 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 attraction. 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 all the time protested his innocence and insisted Milly Dowler’s killer Levi Bellfield was guilty. He misplaced his newest bid to have his conviction overturned in 2019.

Julia’s former companion additionally informed MailOnline he fears the ‘love of his life’ could have been killed as a consequence 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 free’ 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 canines 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 lifeless.

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 help search groups within the bushes subsequent to the place Julia was discovered lifeless and later a workforce of males with metallic detectors arrived, suggesting they’re searching for 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 responsibility is finished. Take it simple for now we are going to take it from right here! Considering of your loved ones presently. From the blokes in blue xx’ One other bouquet was left by a good friend Becki with a observe calling her ‘the kindest particular person I’ve ever met’, and thanking her for all the time making her snicker.

Referring to locals’ claims {that a} feminine canine walker was confronted by a prowler in a van, a spokesman for Kent Police mentioned: ‘It is a stay 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 presently.’

The small hamlet of Snowdown, a former mining neighborhood midway between Canterbury and Dover, are deep in grief and shock right this moment, and plenty of are additionally fearful.

Charles Woodgate, who represents Aylesham, Eythorne and Shepherdswell on Dover District Council, mentioned: ‘Individuals within the village are scared there was some loopy nutter within the woods who’s now on the free. 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’t comprehend how anybody would wish to harm her – however recommended that her work in Kent Police’s home violence unit can be being checked out in case she was attacked by somebody with a vendetta.

Talking to MailOnline right this moment, he mentioned: ‘We do not know if it is a random assault or whether or not she was focused by somebody, probably 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 will occur once more. Lots of people stroll their canines down that path, lots of them alone.’

Household good friend Sean Simmonds, who lives reverse Mrs James and her husband Paul, informed how he would typically discuss to her about her job. Mr Simmonds, who was probably the final particular person to see her alive as she walked her Jack Russell terrier Toby on Tuesday afternoon, mentioned he too feared she had been focused via 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 favored her job very a lot. I’ve questioned whether or not she was the sufferer of an enraged husband whose spouse she helped go away the household residence as a consequence of abuse however she by no means informed me that she’d been threatened by anybody or had any grievances with anybody.’

The case has chilling echoes of certainly one of Britain’s most infamous homicide instances, which passed off within the neighbouring village of Chillenden, Kent, 25 years in the past, when Dr Lin Russell, 45, and her daughter Megan, six, had been bludgeoned to dying 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 be thought to work with Kent Police. It’s understood Mrs James’s household are being sorted by police household liaison officers.

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

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

He requested Patrick if he knew what was happening and his son messaged again that he didn’t however mentioned there was a ‘load of police’ across the village. Nonetheless, when Patrick returned to the house he shares together with his girlfriend hours later in Dover he was informed 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 right this moment as they attempt to discover the killer of PCSO James after she was discovered lifeless 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 automobiles had been parked on a 100 metre stretch of the street close to to the place grandmother of 1 Julia, 53, was discovered lifeless on Tuesday.

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

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

A bunch of flowers has been left on the scene.

A observe connected titled ‘Considering of you’ learn: ‘Dearest Julia. R.I.P. You made me snicker. The kindest particular person 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 metallic detectors and scanning tools arrived within the area the place Julia was discovered lifeless

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

Officers had been on their palms and knees finishing up fingertip searches of paths, verges and bushes 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 out fields for proof amid fears a random attacker my be accountable and nonetheless on the free

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 more likely 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 had been left for Julia close to the place she died with the observe from a good friend referred to as Becki calling her the ‘kindest particular person 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 certainly one of Britain’s most infamous homicide instances, which passed off within the neighbouring village of Chillenden, Kent, 25 years in the past, when Dr Lin Russell, 45, and her daughter Megan, six, had been bludgeoned to dying with a hammer as they walked their household canine

Julia’s former companion Wayne Davis mentioned of their son: ‘He is solely 23-years outdated and he is misplaced his mum. He’s completely devastated. I keep in mind what it was like once I misplaced my mom and I knew it was going to occur as a result of she’d been ailing. I am unable to think about what he is going via.

‘We do not know any extra about what’s occurred apart from it appears to be like 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, probably due to her job.

‘She was a beautiful, cheerful particular person. At all times completely satisfied and smiling. The final time I noticed Julia was in 2017. My mom was ailing and was too poorly to select up her prescription. I might gone to the native chemist and Julia shouted out my identify within the automotive park and we had a catch-up.

‘She informed 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 in all probability would not have been capable of get away with that after we had been collectively however she was a very pleasant one that had a giant caring facet. She all the time 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 will occur once more. Lots of people stroll their canines down that path, lots of them alone.’

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

‘She was a beautiful lady. She was strolling her canine lots. 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 course 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 course 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 canines within the surrounding countryside.

A number of police automobiles arrived in Snowdown right this moment and forensics groups had 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 go away the home to stroll her canine at 3pm on Tuesday however didn’t see her return.

She was discovered lifeless 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 informed by police that the small canine ‘stayed with’ Mrs James following her dying 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 facet of the street with the canine.

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

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

A good friend of Mrs James’ son Patrick Davis mentioned: ‘Patrick is devastated as you’ll be able to think about. His mum was such a beautiful particular person, I can’t 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 mates for his or her help 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 companies 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 favored her job very a lot.

‘She was all the time fairly upbeat and cheerful. Once we did cease to speak it tended to be about our work as a result of we each work for the emergency companies so there was some frequent floor. I do know she had labored from residence primarily during the last 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 explanation for dying.

Close by fields stay sealed off right this moment and a police tent may be seen on a path that runs between a area and woodland

An increasing number of vans of officer swept into the crime scene right this moment because the seek for clues continues

Groups of cops seek for clues in woodland near the place the PCSO was discovered lifeless 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 lifeless 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 dying to her household

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

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

‘It saddens me to substantiate 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, mates and colleagues.’

He added: ‘It’s vitally essential 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 frequently go to the world who could have seen one thing misplaced and people who drove by who’ve dash-cam footage.

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

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

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

It’s understood Mrs James grew to become a police neighborhood help 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 informed a neighborhood paper: ‘I’m a individuals particular person and love being locally. The individuals 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 neighborhood, comprised of roughly 54 homes and a part of the civil parish of Aylesham, has been left ‘shocked’ and ‘reeling’ following her dying.

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 lifeless 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 automobiles 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 completely satisfied. So bubbly, in case you had been having a nasty day she’d be there smiling at you and attempting to make you snicker.’

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

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

‘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 surprising to be trustworthy.’

One other neighbour mentioned: ‘I am unable to imagine it. She was a loving mum and the pillar of the neighborhood. That is devastating. She was a beautiful lady. A terrific a part of the neighborhood.’

Paramedic Sean Simmonds, 57, who lives on the identical avenue 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 am unable to imagine it. She normally walks her canines 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 stored herself to herself however appeared good.

She mentioned: ‘She was a really quiet, good woman, very inoffensive. I typically used to see her strolling her canines.

‘Nothing occurs round right here normally. She was only a quiet, beautiful woman.’

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