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Former police detective fears Julia James murderer ‘may strike again’

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Original article from Kent Live

A former Metropolitan Police detective has described the Julia James investigation as the ‘worst case scenario’ as her killer will likely ‘strike again’.

The body of serving Kent Police PCSO Julia James was found in woodland near Aylesham last Tuesday (April 27).

Some 24 hours after the discovery of her body, Kent Police launched a murder investigation however police are still no closer to finding a suspect or a motive.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain today (May 6), former Met detective Peter Bleksley reiterated the pressure that officers were under to find the killer before they strike again.

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The police are still appealing for information and yesterday released a photo of Julia in the clothes she was wearing at the time of her death as they looked for more answers.

Hundreds of police officers remain in Akholt Woods in Snowdown today as they look for any links.

Bleksley told GMB hosts Susanna Reid and Adil Ray: "Well, this is a detective's worst case scenario on a couple of levels, really. Of course, the brutal and unsolved murder of Julia.

"But another massive concern will be that there's a killer out there who may strike again. Sadly, the criminal history books have taught us over the years that if somebody kills and gets away with it, they often do repeat offend."

Susanna questioned whether the longer it took to solve the murder would mean that it would become harder and harder to solve it.

Julia James pictured wearing the outfit she was last seen wearing

But Bleksley said that he didn't believe so, pointing out: "Not necessarily. I think this might be a case where detectives are really hoping that forensic science is going to come to the rescue.

"So there will be an incredibly detailed examination of all the exhibits that they've seized during the investigation, including of course items that were taken from the scene and they may just be hoping that forensic science can find that microscopic trace of skin, of blood, of saliva, of hair, of fibres from clothing.

"Anything that might just help them identify the person responsible."

He also addressed detectives testing Julia's dog for evidence.

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

He added: "The dog will have been examined in the same kind of way that a dead body would have been examined.

"Who knows if there was any kind of contact between the dog and the offender? Because scientists will always tell you that every contact leaves a trace.

"So has a trace of the offender – some DNA perhaps – been left on the dog? But of course, with so many of these forensic techniques, you only really get one stab at it, you only get one chance to get it right. So they won't be rushing this.

"As much as there is an urgent need to find the person responsible, it's equally important to get these forensic science examinations done properly in order to try and find that vital clue."

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Officers are searching a number of locations in the area, Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards said.

"We are trying to establish the route the offender approached the location where Julia was murdered and the route, if different, the offender left that location.

"This is a very remote location and people did not approach the scene in a conventional vehicle, most likely on foot.

"It's a popular dog walking area, but other vehicles – agricultural and off-road vehicles, bikes – would be capable of reaching that area, and we're considering every option."

Mr Richards said police were continuing "to conduct as many house-to-house inquiries as possible", adding: "Residents in the Aylesham and Snowdown area can expect a visit from officers to allow them to discuss any concerns they may have as well as provide any information which could assist the investigation."

He described the investigation as "hugely challenging" and said searches would continue for "a number of weeks".

Kent Police has encouraged those in the area to "remain vigilant" and if leaving home to "tell someone where you are going and how long you will be".

On Tuesday evening people left lit candles on their doorsteps and posted tributes online in memory of Julia.

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