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Lady is discovered useless on footpath in Kent village sparking enormous police response

Julia James, a serving PCSO for Kent Police, was found dead on a secluded footpath in Snowdown, near Dover, yesterday

Julia James, a serving PCSO for Kent Police, was discovered useless on a secluded footpath in Snowdown, close to Dover, yesterday

The ex-partner of a feminine PCSO discovered murdered as she walked her canine on a secluded pathway in a leafy Kent hamlet has revealed how their devastated son broke the information of her demise to her household. 

The physique of Julia James, 53, was discovered on the sting of Akholt Wooden in Snowdown, close to Aylesham, shortly after 4pm on Tuesday – simply two and a half miles from the place mom and daughter Lin and Megan Russell had been killed in 1996. 

Kent Police yesterday launched a homicide investigation within the wake of the unexplained demise, which is known to have taken place yesterday afternoon because the married mother-of-two walked her canine. 

One native mentioned he was instructed Mrs James’ physique was discovered alongside the Jack Russell, who ‘stayed together with her’ till police arrived. The serving PCSO for Kent Police was pronounced useless on the scene.  

Her former companion instructed MailOnline this night how their son rang him to interrupt the information of Mrs James’s demise.

Wayne Davis, who was with Mrs James for 13 years earlier than their cut up in 2009, had earlier within the day texted son Patrick a Fb hyperlink a couple of 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 along 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 mentioned: ‘He is solely 23-years previous and he is misplaced his mum. He’s completely devastated. I keep 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 unwell. I can not think about what he is going by.

‘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, presumably due to her job.  

‘She was a stunning, cheerful particular person. At all times completely happy and smiling. The final time I noticed Julia was in 2017. My mom was unwell and was too poorly to select up her prescription. I would gone to the native chemist and Julia shouted out my identify 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 she or he laughed.

‘I in all probability would not have been capable of get away with that once we had been collectively however she was a very pleasant one that had a giant caring facet. She at all times had our son’s greatest pursuits at coronary heart.

‘Whoever has carried out this must be arrested as quickly as potential 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 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 need to catch who has carried out 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 preventing 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 at the 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.

It’s understood Mrs James’s  household are being taken care of by police household liaison officers. 

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

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

It’s understood Mrs James had been working from house 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 demise and was discovered alongside the grandmother’s physique. 

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

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

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

Julia James (pictured), a serving PCSO for Kent Police, was found dead near woodland in Kent yesterday afternoon

 Julia James (pictured), a serving PCSO for Kent Police, was discovered useless close to woodland in Kent yesterday afternoon

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 demise to her household

Nearby fields remain sealed off today and a police tent can be seen on a path that runs between a field and woodland

Close by fields stay sealed off at the moment and a police tent could be seen on a path that runs between a discipline and woodland

The body of Mrs James was found across two fields from her home in Snowdown, Kent, yesterday afternoon

The physique of Mrs James was discovered throughout two fields from her house in Snowdown, Kent, yesterday afternoon

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

Mrs James’s ex-partner Wayne Davis revealed how their son Patrick broke the information of her demise to their household

A pal of Mrs James’ son Patrick Davis mentioned at the moment: ‘Patrick is devastated as you possibly can think about. His mum was such a stunning particular person, I can not think about who would need 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 intervening 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. Once 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 house primarily during the last yr or so due to the pandemic.’

It stays unclear how Mrs James died, however a submit mortem is because of be held to determine her reason behind demise. 

Residence Secretary Priti Patel has supplied her condolences to the household of PCSO James. She tweeted: ‘So saddened to listen to of the demise 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 various strains of enquiry to determine the circumstances and folks 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 might have seen one thing suspicious will get in contact with us.

‘We’re notably eager to talk to those that repeatedly go to the realm who might 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 total circumstances of the demise 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 turned a police neighborhood 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 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 demise. 

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

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

Police officers in Aylesham, Kent, begin a murder investigation today following the death of Mrs James

Law enforcement officials in Aylesham, Kent, start a homicide investigation at the moment following the demise of Mrs James

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

The girl (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

Officers were photographed searching bushes near the bridleway in Kent amid the major investigation this afternoon

Officers had been photographed looking out bushes close to the bridleway in Kent amid the most important investigation this afternoon

Forensic teams were also on the scene today as a police investigation got underway following the unexplained death

Forensic groups had been additionally on the scene at the moment as a police investigation obtained underway following the unexplained demise

Police vehicles are seen near to a caravan park in Snowdown, Aylesham, Kent, today

Police automobiles are seen close to to a caravan park in Snowdown, Aylesham, Kent, at the moment

Leah Southwell, 18, mentioned: ‘She was so completely happy. So bubbly, in case you had been having a nasty day she’d be there smiling at you and attempting to make you snigger.’

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

She mentioned: ‘Final night time about 10pm, I regarded 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 van and a squad automotive, and there was a hearth engine as properly.

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

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

Locals say the community, comprised of 54 houses and part of the village of Aylesham, has been left 'shocked' and 'reeling'

Locals say the neighborhood, comprised of 54 homes and a part of the village of Aylesham, has been left ‘shocked’ and ‘reeling’

Police forensic officers search a field close to where the body of Ms James was found near Aylesham Road, Snowdown, Kent

Police forensic officers search a discipline near the place the physique of Ms James was discovered close to Aylesham Street, Snowdown, Kent

Kent Police was appealing for any witnesses to come forward as an investigation continued today

Kent Police was interesting for any witnesses to return ahead as an investigation continued at the moment

Officers are seen outside a home in Snowdown, Kent, today following the death of married mother-of-two Mrs James

Officers are seen exterior a house in Snowdown, Kent, at the moment following the demise of married mother-of-two Mrs James

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 number of days in the past.

He mentioned: ‘I can not imagine it. She normally walks her canines within the fields, a bit 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 girl, very inoffensive. I usually used to see her strolling her canines.

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

Kent Police today launched a murder investigation in the wake of the unexplained death, which is understood to have taken place yesterday afternoon as the married mother-of-two walked her dog

 Kent Police at the moment launched a homicide investigation within the wake of the unexplained demise, which is known to have taken place yesterday afternoon because the married mother-of-two walked her canine

Kent Police earlier confirmed the body was that of a serving PCSO. No arrests have been made in the case

Kent Police earlier confirmed the physique was that of a serving PCSO. No arrests have been made within the case

After Kent Police at the moment confirmed the physique discovered was that of Mrs James, buddies have rushed to pay tribute to the favored PCSO on-line.

One pal commented: ‘Julia was one of many nicest individuals you might ever want to meet. Relaxation in peace, pricey pal.

‘She had an awesome sense of humour. I’ve fond recollections of the time we labored collectively. Completely gutted for her household.’

One other added: ‘She was such a stunning heat pleasant girl who loved a little bit of enjoyable and liked her household.

‘We had deliberate drinks within the backyard when the climate was hotter. I shall increase a glass to her. Completely gutted.’

A 3rd mentioned: ‘She was such a wonderful particular person in and out with a great coronary heart.’

And a fourth added: ‘Completely devastating information. It was a pleasure to have identified and labored with Julia.’

Linda Eager, councillor for Aylesham, Eythorne and Shepherdswell, mentioned: ‘It is completely dreadful information and a tragedy for the lady, her household and the local people who have to be in shock. 

‘This kind of incident may be very atypical for Aylesham and would not actually occur right here.

‘I am certain the police will do completely every thing they will to determine what has occurred.’  

Fellow Dover District Councillor for the ward Peter Walker mentioned: ‘Police have a big cordon in place and proceed to look after the lady’s physique was discovered. 

‘It appears very severe.

‘It’s a tragedy for the locals and can shock this normally peaceable neighborhood with no shadow of a doubt. This sort of factor would not occur right here.’ 

Charles Woodgate, who additionally represents Aylesham, Eythorne and Shepherdswell, mentioned: ‘It is a younger lady who was sadly discovered useless yesterday afternoon.

‘This can be a tragedy and a horrible factor to occur right here.’

Police rushed to a Kent hamlet last night after a woman was found dead near to a secluded footpath

Police rushed to a Kent hamlet final night time after a girl was discovered useless close to to a secluded footpath

It remains unclear how Mrs James died, but a post mortem is due to be held to establish her cause of death

 It stays unclear how Mrs James died, however a submit mortem is because of be held to determine her reason behind demise

Photographs from the scene show forensics teams in attendance, alongside several police vehicles

Images from the scene present forensics groups in attendance, alongside a number of police automobiles 

Aylesham Parish Council chair Mark Townsend added: ‘It is a tragedy that the neighborhood is reeling from.’       

Kent Hearth and Rescue confirmed a hearth engine had been in attendance on the scene some two hours after police arrived, however wouldn’t affirm the rationale for this.     

The South East Coast Ambulance Service additionally attended and pronounced the serving PCSO useless within the woodland.

A spokesman mentioned: ‘I can affirm we attended the scene and that sadly a girl was pronounced useless on the scene.’ 

It is understood a heavy police presence remained at the scene late into last night

It’s understood a heavy police presence remained on the scene late into final night time

Witnesses said a footpath was taped off during the incident. Pictured: Police at the scene

Witnesses mentioned a footpath was taped off in the course of the incident. Pictured: Police on the scene

Street closures had been in place as officers investigated the demise final night time.   

Kent Hearth and Rescue added: ‘Kent Hearth and Rescue Service was known as at 18.22 to help Kent Police in Aylesham Street, in Snowdown, Dover. 

‘One fireplace engine attended.’    

Kent Police are eager to talk to anybody within the space on Monday or Tuesday who might have seen one thing uncommon or suspicious.

Anybody with data ought to name 0800 0514526 or can submit video footage on-line.

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