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Emotional residents leave floral tributes to ‘murdered’ grandmother

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Original article from Kent Live

The village of Aylesham, near Canterbury, has been paying respect to PCSO Julia James, whose body was found on Tuesday (April 27).

The body of the 53-year-old was found in Akholt Wood at 4pm on Tuesday (April 26).

The quiet Kent village, between Dover and Canterbury, has been left shocked by the news and flowers and messages of condolence are now being placed in the market place.

One tribute on the side of a bouquet flowers simply said ‘your duty is done’ while another described Julia as the ‘kindest person she ever met’.

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After initially describing Julia’s death as ‘suspicious’ Kent Police launched a murder investigation in to the death of the mum of two on Wednesday afternoon – 24 hours after her body was discovered.

Hundreds of police officers have been on the scene for the past two days with forensics and search teams combing through woodland.

A tent has been erected in the middle of Akholt Wood, less than 200m from Julia’s home.

A PCSO looks at flowers and messages left in Aylesham, East Kent for PCSO Julia James, whose body was discovered at Akholt Wood on Tuesday, close to the hamlet of Snowdown, where she lived. Kent Police have launched a murder enquiry following the discovery of the 53-year-old community support officer's body. Picture date: Thursday April 29, 2021.
Flowers and messages left in Aylesham, East Kent for PCSO Julia James, whose body was discovered at Akholt Wood on Tuesday, close to the hamlet of Snowdown, where she lived. Kent Police have launched a murder enquiry following the discovery of the 53-year-old community support officer's body. Picture date: Thursday April 29, 2021.

As the news broke on Tuesday heartbroken friends paid tribute to the ‘lovely warm friendly lady’.

One friend commented: “Julia was one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet. Rest in peace, dear friend.

"She had a great sense of humour. I have fond memories of the time we worked together. Absolutely gutted for her family."

Another added: “She was such a lovely warm friendly lady who enjoyed a bit of fun and loved her family.

Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards said it was “vitally important” that anyone who was in the area on Monday and Tuesday, who may have seen something suspicious, comes forward.

PCSOs look at flowers and messages left in Aylesham, East Kent for PCSO Julia James, whose body was discovered at Akholt Wood on Tuesday, close to the hamlet of Snowdown, where she lived. Kent Police have launched a murder enquiry following the discovery of the 53-year-old community support officer's body. Picture date: Thursday April 29, 2021.
A PCSO looks at flowers and messages left in Aylesham, East Kent for PCSO Julia James, whose body was discovered at Akholt Wood on Tuesday, close to the hamlet of Snowdown, where she lived. Kent Police have launched a murder enquiry following the discovery of the 53-year-old community support officer's body. Picture date: Thursday April 29, 2021.

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

They are encouraged to contact Kent Police on 0800 0514 526.

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