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The beautiful candlelit vigil tribute to Julia James

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Original article from Kent Live

People in Aylesham have paid their respects to PCSO Julia James one week after her death.

Candles were lit and placed on doorsteps outside homes in The Crescent in Snowdown as the community fell silent.

Julia was found dead next to Akholt Wood near Aylesham Road last Tuesday (April 27)

The tragic discovery has prompted fear and uncertainty among people since told to keep their phones charged and to tell their families where they are when they leave their homes.

A murder investigation has since been opened and there is also a sizeable policing presence in the village.

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The majority of the community took part in the vigil after it was organised and publicised by Julia's daughter.

Residents of The Crescent in Dover paid their respects to PSCO Julia James a week after her death

Bethan Coles told her followers: "I’ve been thinking perhaps we could ask those who wish to remember Mum to light a candle for her and leave it on their doorstep."

A post-mortem found that Julia died after suffering significant head injuries.

Many residents have kept their candles safe, so that they can remain lit throughout the evening in honour of Julia James

At the time of her death she had been walking her dog after working from home that day.

The Crescent is not far from the scene of the crime on Aylesham Road last Tuesday (April 27)

Police have treated her death as suspicious but have yet to arrest a suspect.

The events have left the community with an "unsettling" reality.

Dover's Chief Inspector Dan Carter also confirmed that there would be a significant police presence in the area and the surrounding villages "through the next week".

Referring to his officers, he told residents this weekend: "Speak to them, help us to understand how the community is feeling and what else we can do to provide more reassurance.

"We understand if people are feeling uncertain following the death of Julia James.

The community was left with an "unsettling" feeling after the death of the 53-year-old PCSO

A small lit white candle hides inside a large vase, protected from the strong winds

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area on Monday (April 26) and Tuesday (April 27)

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

You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or complete the online form at this link.

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