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Woman accosted by ‘prowler’ near murder scene terrified killer will strike again

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Original article from Kent Live

A woman who was accosted while walking her dog one mile from where PCSO Julia James was murdered days earlier fears the killer will strike again.

The unnamed woman was reportedly confronted by a man while walking along a quiet path with her dog in the village of Nonington two weeks ago, according to her friend.

He had parked up in a white transit van and seemed "aggressive and suspicious", offering her a cigarette before fleeing when she shouted for help, reports Mirror Onlne.

It comes after the body of off-duty community officer Julia, 53, was found on a bridle path in nearby Snowdown, Aylesham on Tuesday afternoon (April 27) and had also been walking her dog when she was killed.

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Investigators have been made aware of the other incident, which took place barely a mile away.

A friend of the unnamed woman told the Sun: “She’s been left traumatised by the experience and hasn’t really left the house since it happened… she’s terrified he will come back.

"There are clear similarities with this case and that of Julia’s in that both women were out alone in a remote country spot walking their dog.

"There is a murderer on the loose and a lot of people are scared."

Julia James was found dead on April 27

Kent Police said on Friday that mum-of-two Julia was bludgeoned to death near Akholt Wood.

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Smith told BBC Radio Kent: "We are working very hard to identify a motive and we are working very hard to identify who may have committed this.

"We don't have any clear suspects at this time but we are working very hard to identify that."

DCC Smith added: "We are keeping a very open mind about the motive and until we can follow those different lines of inquiry which will help us to get close to the truth we may be able to confirm different parts.

"But at the moment the investigation team need to keep an open mind about why this has happened and who has committed this awful crime."

DCC Smith said he could not rule out if Julia, who worked for the constabulary for 15 years, was attacked by a stranger.

In a press conference, assistant chief constable Tom Richards warned women and children to be aware of their surroundings.

Julia James' family have paid tribute to her

He said the force can't rule out if Julia had previously come across her attacker on the job, if they were a dog-napper or if there was a sexual motive.

ACC Richards added Julia's Jack Russell Toby was unharmed, and while confirming that the PCSO had suffered from blunt force trauma, he would not comment on a possible murder weapon.

The search area was widened on Friday to a railway line connecting Snowdon and the village of Aylesham.

Julia's colleagues left a series of tributes at the scene.

Flowers and messages left in Aylesham, for PCSO Julia James

No arrests have been made.

A post-mortem exam will be carried out to establish a cause of death.

Investigators want to speak to anyone who was in the area on Monday or Tuesday who may have seen anything suspicious.

Anyone with information can call 0800 0514526.

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