Published: 17:15, 06 May 2021
| Updated: 18:13, 06 May 2021
Crimestoppers has announced it will pay a £10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the killer of PCSO Julia James.
The independent charity made the appeal for an anonymous tip-off this afternoon as the investigation into the police officer's murder in Snowdown enters its ninth day.
Mick Duthie is from Crimestoppers
A major murder investigation was launched after the 53-year-old was killed while out walking her Jack Russell near her home in the hamlet, outside Canterbury, last Tuesday.
As police inquiries continue, with black-clad officers seen climbing gates at the abandoned Snowdown Colliery on Holt Street earlier, Crimestoppers announced its support for the investigation by offering a reward of up to £10,000 for anonymous information that leads to a successful conviction.
Mick Duthie, the charity's director of operations, said: "The public, like our charity, have been horrified at this heart-breaking loss of such an innocent life. Our thoughts are very much with Julia’s family and friends at this terrible time.
"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."
Police do not yet have any motive or suspects identified as they investigate the brutal killing.
Assistant chief constable Tom Richards said: "I would like to thank the local community for their fantastic support so far. We are incredibly grateful for their compassion and patience whilst we continue this investigation."
Anyone with information about who was responsible for PCSO James’ murder should contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via the untraceable anonymous online form on their website.