Original article from Kent Live
A reward has been announced for those who bring in pertinent information to the police in the Julia James murder case.
Officers are still searching the area of Akholt Wood in the Aylesham Road area of Snowdown more than a week on from the death of the Police Community Support Officer.
Now the charity Crimestoppers has announced an appeal for information which will lead to the person responsible for the 53-year-old woman's death.
Julia, a wife and mother, was walking her dog and was not in her PCSO uniform at the time of her murder.
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Crimestoppers say that the reward of up to £10,000 is dependent on the information leading "to the arrest and conviction of the person behind the murder".
In an online appeal, they said: "We have launched an appeal for anonymous information in the hunt for the person responsible for the murder of 53-year-old Julia James.
"The body of the PCSO was found close to her home near Akholt Wood in the Aylesham Road area of Snowdown, just before 4pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021.
"She had been walking her dog and was not in uniform at the time of her murder.
"Julia’s family have described her as a 'fiercely loyal' wife, mother, daughter and grandmother, adding that she loved people "with her whole heart".
"As police enquiries continue, we are supporting the investigation by offering a reward of up to £10,000 for anonymous information that leads to a conviction.
"We are offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information we exclusively receive – either online or by calling freephone 0800 555 111 – that leads to the arrest & conviction of the person behind the murder of PCSO Julia JAMES."
Mick Duthie, Director of Operations at the charity Crimestoppers, said: "Crimestoppers is here to help people who – for whatever reason – won’t or can’t speak directly to the police, but want to do the right thing.
"By contacting our charity with information, we guarantee that you will stay 100% anonymous. We’re not interested in who you are and will never ask for your details – all we want is information, however small, that might help find those behind this murder.
"Julia’s life has mercilessly been taken away. If you know who was involved, please remember our charity’s unique service guaranteeing your anonymity is here for you. Crimestoppers has been taking crime information since our charity began in the late 1980s. Every day over a thousand people contact us online and over the phone.#
"By contacting us, you can help – anonymously – to have the person behind Julia’s murder face up to the consequences of their violent actions and you may even prevent someone else from coming to harm. Our UK Contact Centre is open 24/7 on 0800 555 111 or you can use our simple and secure anonymous online form.
"The information we receive makes a huge difference in helping to keep communities safe, so even if what you know may seem insignificant, it could make all the difference."