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First picture as PCSO Julia James, 53, found dead near Aylesham

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Police community support officer Julia James, 53, has been named as the woman found dead near Dover.

Kent Police were called to the scene in Aylesham Road around 4pm yesterday (April 27), where the body of a woman was discovered.

Following the discovery of the PCSO's body there has been a huge emergency services presence in the hamlet of Snowdown in Aylesham.

The incident is being treated as "suspicious" by Kent Police officers investigating the case.

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Police are also appealing for witnesses to come forward following Julia's death.

No arrests have been made at this time but detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, are conducting enquiries to establish the circumstances.

Police forensics in Snowdon near Dover

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area on April 26 and 27 who may have seen something unusual or suspicious.

They are urged to contact Kent Police on 0800 0514 526. Anyone with video footage can submit it online here.

Assistant Chief Constable of Kent Police Tom Richards said his thoughts were with Julia's family at this distressing time.

He said: "Officers are carrying out a number of lines of enquiry to establish the circumstances and people in the Snowdown area will see an increased police presence as a result.

"It saddens me to confirm that the victim was a serving PCSO for Kent Police and whilst there is a full and thorough investigation underway our thoughts also remain with her family, friends and colleagues.

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"It is vitally important that anyone who was in the area on Monday and Tuesday who may have seen something suspicious gets in touch with us.

"We’re particularly keen to speak to those who regularly visit the area who may have seen something out of place and those who drove by who have dashcam footage.

"We would advise people in the area to remain vigilant until the full circumstances of the death are established."

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