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Police release image of man who ‘could be key’ to Julia James murder

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Original article from Kent Live

Kent Police has today (May 7) released an image of a man who detective believe "could be key" to the Julia James murder investigation.

Officers want to speak to the individual who is understood to have been in the Aylesham area on Wednesday, April 28 – the day after PCSO Julia James was murdered.

Julia, 53, was found dead next to Akholt Wood in Snowdown at around 4pm on April 27. Officers are still conducting searches in the area.

She had been working at home that day before taking her Jack Russell Toby for a walk in the Aylesham Road area.

A post-mortem revealed Julia died from significant head injuries.

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Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards from Kent Police said: "We are now in a position to release an image of a man we would like to speak to.

"We firmly believe he has information that could help this investigation and we urge him to come forward."

Julia James pictured wearing the outfit she was last seen wearing

He added: "We are also appealing to the public or anyone who knows this individual to please come forward with his details.

"Perhaps he lives near you, perhaps you work with him or perhaps he visits your local shop to buy food.

"Please get in touch and help us find the answers Julia’s family deserve."

Anyone who recognises the man in the photo is urged to contact Kent Police on 0800 0514 526.

Witnesses and anyone with any other information, CCTV or dashcam footage are also still being asked to submit details online here.

ACC Richards added: "We’re still waiting for that critical phone call or piece of information to help solve this investigation.

"We have a large team of specialist detectives working on this case but there is someone somewhere who knows this man in the picture, or who knows something about the day Julia died.

"I urge them to do the right thing and get in touch. We will handle your call with the utmost confidence and sensitivity."

The development comes after charity Crimestoppers announced an appeal for information which will lead to the person responsible for the 53-year-old's death.

Julia, a wife and mother, was walking her dog and was not in her PCSO uniform at the time of her murder.

Crimestoppers say that a reward of up to £10,000 is dependent on the information leading "to the arrest and conviction of the person behind the murder".

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