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PCSO wrote beautiful poem about Kent village now ‘shocked’ by her death

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Original article from Kent Live

A beautiful poem by the late PCSO Julia James has emerged after her death "shocked" the community.

The body of Julia James, 53, was discovered yesterday (April 27) in Aylesham, and has sparked a police investigation in the village near Dover.

Julia's death has shocked residents in the village, who have described her as a "very nice, very kind" person.

Two years before her death, Ms James wrote a poem praising Aylesham, which was built to serve the nearby Snowdown mines in the 1920s.

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Julia took to Facebook two years before her death to share the poetic piece with her friends and family.

The post read: "A little poem about Aylesham, very simple but positive, starting with each letter what I feel about our village: and if any one else wants to have a try, with no swear words, go ahead."

Aylesham has virtually doubled in size in recent years

Proving to be poetic and creative, Julia wrote:

"A place where we belong

"Yours and mine to carry on

"Let’s do this with love and respect

"Enjoy our lives, look back and reflect

"Some of us remember days long gone

"Homes with open doors sharing a song

"Ayup and Tara the Aylesham salutes

"Miners, our Grandads our grassroots."

Linda Keen, a councillor representing the area that has been flooded with new builds in recent years, said the community was in "shock".

"This sort of incident is very atypical for Aylesham and doesn't really happen here," she said.

"It's absolutely dreadful news and a tragedy for the woman, her family and the local community who must be in shock."

Cllr Linda Keen standing on the border of the new and old village

Police have not revealed how the popular officer died, but a post-mortem is due to be held to establish the exact cause of death.

Kent Police also refused to say if Julia, who is believed to have served in the domestic violence unit, was on duty or off duty when she died.

A Kent Police spokesman said: "Kent Police is appealing for witnesses to come forward following the death of a woman near Dover.

"Officers were called shortly after 4pm on Tuesday April 27 to Ackholt Wood in the Aylesham Road area of Snowdown where the body of a woman, aged 53 was found.

"The victim is a serving Kent Police PCSO Julia James.

"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 and her death is being treated as suspicious.

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

Anyone with information is being urged to contact Kent Police on 0800 0514 526. Anyone with video footage can submit it online here.

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