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Hundreds of people go on dog walks in tribute to Julia James

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Original article from Kent Live

Some 1,500 people across nine countries went on 'A Dog Walk for Julia James' in memory of the PCSO.

The event was put on to pay tribute to the 53-year-old, who was bludgeoned to death in her home village of Aylesham less than one month ago while out walking her Jack Russell Toby.

The main walk took place in her home village of Aylesham where hundreds gathered before setting off with their pets.

Several other walks took place in Kent too, including in Whitstable, Dover and Ashford.

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Following the event many people who knew Julia James took to Facebook to show their appreciation to their fellow walkers.

Flowers were laid out during the walk

Her daughter Bethan Coles said in a post to a group set up for the memorial walk: "I just want to thank each and every one of you for walking in memory of my Mum today.

"As a family we are absolutely overwhelmed by the scale of the support and love shown by you all; it really does give us comfort."

Julia's cousin Samantha Griffin said: "Thank you to everyone that joined me today, to remember my cousin #juliajames here in Ashford, Kent.

"Over 100 of you and many furry friends joined our rain free walk.

"Thank you to Kent Police for joining us at the Bandstand.

"It was a tough walk for me, but Julia would have been so humbled by all of your kindness."

Dog Walk for Julia James in Aylesham

Other members of the Ayslesham community also shared their tributes to Julia James after the walk.

One person said: "We didn’t walk with a group, as we wanted to walk the fields that we always walk, they were the fields that Julia walked too.

"We only met her once while out, so we didn’t know her but I’m sure we shared the love of walking our dogs in these beautiful surroundings.

"We will continue to visit these fields daily, and we’ll remember you every time we do Julia. Love to all your friends and family.

"We will think of you every day when we are here."

The event came as Kent Police have issued a new appeal as part of its murder investigation.

Members of the public with dashcam footage of four Aylesham roads in the time leading up to her death are urged to contact officers.

Officers are specifically asking anyone travelling in Adisham Road, Dorman Avenue North, Cooting Road and Spinney Lane between April 20 and April 27 to come forward.

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