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Boris Johnson pays tribute to Julia James as candles lit in her memory

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Original article from Kent Live

Boris Johnson has said his thoughts are with the family of Julia James, as mourners lit candles in her memory.

The PCSO, 53, was found dead in a woodland close to her home in Snowdown last Tuesday (April 27).

A murder investigation has been launched but no arrests have been made as detectives continue to appeal for those with information to come forward.

At 7pm last night (May 4), those who wished to pay their respects to Julia were asked to light a candle and leave it on their doorstep.

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In a tweet, the Prime Minister said: “Tonight we remember PCSO Julia James.

“My thoughts are with her friends and family”.

In a poignant moment, a solitary candle was lit outside her family home in Snowdown.

It was one of many flickering in the local community Ms James served as a popular community support officer.

A group of people also gathered in nearby Aylesham where flowers have been laid in the days following her killing.

Candles were also lit by police colleagues and members of the public further afield, in quiet tribute to the fallen officer.

Candles were lit up all around the community

Her daughter Bethan Coles had called on people to leave candles outside their houses, rather than gather for a vigil, saying it would be a “beautiful nod” to her mother while allowing police to focus on the murder investigation.

The popular PCSO – described as “fiercely loyal” by her devastated family – died from serious head injuries while out walking her dog.

Detectives have been considering “all possible” motives for the murder, while warning the public to be vigilant.

Ahead of the candle-lightning, Ms Coles said in a Facebook post: “A number of people have asked about holding a vigil for Mum, and whilst I am so grateful for people wanting to remember her, I am very conscious that any gathering would need to be policed (if it was even allowed).

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

“I’ve discussed this with my family and we are in agreement that we would prefer all police resources to be concentrating on the investigation as there is so much work to be done.”

Instead she suggested people wishing to remember her mother should light a candle and leave it on their doorstep.

She added: “This would be a beautiful nod to Mum in a way that doesn’t intrude on the police investigation.”

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