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Original article from Kent Live

Julia James: Pictures show huge police presence in Aylesham days after discovery of PCSO's body

A field has been an early focus of the murder inquiry, with the white tent erected just 200 metres from Julia's home

Police forensic and specialist search officers gather near the scene at Akholt Wood, close to the hamlet of Snowdown, near Aylesham, East Kent, where the body of PCSO Julia James was discovered. Kent Police have launched a murder enquiry following the discovery of the 53-year-old community support officer on Tuesday. Picture date: Thursday April 29, 2021.

Detectives continue to investigate the killing of their colleague Julia James, who was reportedly last seen taking her dog for a walk and found with head injuries.

Parts of Snowdown in Aylesham, near Dover, continue to be cordoned off as the investigation continues, but police have yet to make any arrests over the 53-year-old’s killing.

The hamlet, surrounded by fields, lies less than three miles from the village of Chillenden where Lin Russell and her six-year-old daughter Megan were killed in a savage attack in July 1996 while walking their dogs.

Members of the public are being urged to come forward with any information as police pursue “a number of lines of inquiry”.

On Thursday (April 29) forensic specialists wearing white suits were seen working outside a tent in a nearby field while uniformed officers patrolled the area.

The field has been an early focus of the murder inquiry, with the white tent erected just 200 metres from Julia's home.

Julia, whose body was found in Akholt Wood earlier this week, was last seen while out walking her dog, according to reports.

Touching floral tributes have been left at the scene.

Meanwhile, a uniformed police officer remained outside the home in Snowdown on Tuesday where Julia is believed to have lived.

The murder came as a shock to a small community, with resident John Miller, 72, describing it as a “hell of a loss”.

He said: “I can’t believe it’s true to be honest, everyone feels safe round here."

Police are still urging anyone with information to come forward as they investigate the murder of the PCSO.

The death was originally viewed as “suspicious” but Kent Police confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that it is being treated as murder.

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.

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.

  1. A PCSO looks at flowers and messages left in Aylesham

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  2. Police officers conduct a fingertip search near to the scene in Snowdown

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  3. Police forensic and specialist search officers gather near the scene at Akholt Wood

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  4. PCSOs look at flowers and messages left in Aylesham

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  5. Police forensic and specialist search officers gather near the scene at Akholt Wood, close to the hamlet of Snowdown, near Aylesham, where the body of PCSO Julia James was discovered

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  6. Kent Police have launched a murder enquiry following the discovery of the 53-year-old community support officer on Tuesday

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  7. A PCSO looks at flowers and messages left in Aylesham for PCSO Julia James, whose body was discovered at Akholt Wood on Tuesday, close to the hamlet of Snowdown, where she lived

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  8. A view of the scene near Akholt Wood in Snowdown, Kent, where the body of PCSO Julia James was found

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  9. Police forensic officers near the scene at Akholt Wood

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  10. Police forensic officers near the scene at Akholt Wood

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  11. Police vehicles near to the scene in Snowdown, where the body of PCSO Julia James was found

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  12. A police car guards the home of PCSO Julia James in Snowdown

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  13. A PCSO looks at flowers and messages left in Aylesham for PCSO Julia James

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  14. Police forensic and specialist search officers gather near where the body of PCSO Julia James was discovered

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