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Friends of PCSO Julia James start #JusticeForJulia in search for information

People venturing out in the Kent hamlet where PCSO Julia James was murdered have been told by police to keep their phones fully charged.

New advice has been issued to the public in the wake of the brutal killing in Snowdown on Tuesday, with no arrests made nor suspects identified by detectives.

Julia James was found dead on Tuesday
Julia James was found dead on Tuesday

Mrs James, 53, was found dead with serious injuries on the edge of Ackholt Wood shortly after 4pm, with her Jack Russell Toby unharmed by her side.

She had been out walking the dog along a remote track when she was attacked, suffering fatal blunt force injuries.

Now, new guidance has been shared by police to help reassure locals.

Dover Chief Inspector Dab Carter said: "We understand if people are feeling uncertain at the moment about their safety following the death of PCSO Julia James in Snowdown."

"Remain cautious, vigilant and aware of your surroundings when you are out and about.

"Remember to keep your phone on you and charged, plan your route and tell someone where you are doing and how long you will be".

Police searching for clues in the hunt for the killer of Julia James. Picture UKNIP
Police searching for clues in the hunt for the killer of Julia James. Picture UKNIP

As the search for Mrs James' killer continues, her daughter has thanked locals for their help with the ongoing investigation.

Bethan Coles commented on Facebook "Thank you all for your help", with a love heart emoji.

It was in response to a post about officers going door to door asking residents in Aylesham to hand over CCTV footage.

Meanwhile, the hashtags #JusticeForJulia and #FindJuliasKiller have been trending on social media.

Family friend Nicola Spean has even shared a video showing people how they can help by putting a frame with the police appeal information line on their Facebook profile pictures.

In a post she said: "Please can all my friends share the posts re: Julia and please add this frame to your profile photo.

"Someone out there knows something.

"Someone will be noticing, or had noticed, changes in behaviour, something not quite right, something they cannot put their finger on.

"The person who did this is walking on our streets, is in our/your town.

"Please spread the news and if you think of anything please contact Kent Police. It is vital."

No arrests have been made nor any suspect identified, so police are keeping an open mind.

Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards revealed at a press conference earlier this week that police are leaving open the possibility Mrs James was attacked by a complete stranger although stressed they were extremely rare, or that the suspect may have met Mrs James – who previously worked in Ashford and Tenterden – through her job.

Julia with Jack Russell Toby
Julia with Jack Russell Toby

Just weeks before Julia's death, dog walkers had been warned to be vigilant after an attempted dog-napping in the village.

None of her possessions had been taken and her beloved Jack Russell Toby was by her side, unharmed.

To use the frame on your picture, go to your profile and press the edit icon next to your photo, click add frame, search 'Justice for Julia', and then click save.

Some of the tributes from those using the hashtags have compared Mrs James' death to that of Sarah Everard who was killed after walking home through south London on March 4, but asked why there hasn't been the same level of national outrage.

The 33-year-old's body was found in Hoad's Wood behind the disused Great Chart Golf and Leisure complex near Ashford six days later.

Officers searching for clues. Pictures: UKNIP
Officers searching for clues. Pictures: UKNIP

One Twitter user said: "Julia lived a few miles from me. Same age. Another woman who was just walking home who never got there. Is it her age? Is it her job?

"I don't understand why people aren't going crazy about this.

"I knew of her professionally. Her killer is unknown. #JusticeForJulia."

Another said: "Let's make sure #JuliaJames murder is more visible on social media.

"Just because she was older than #SarahEverard and didn't live in London, she was still a woman murdered whilst out walking alone. #JusticeForJulia."

Floral tributes have been laid
Floral tributes have been laid

Writing in The Times, author India Knight shared those sentiments, adding: "Where is the outcry? Where is the huge vigil? Will the Duchess of Cambridge come with a posy?

"There isn’t a sliding scale. These lives were equally precious. They were equally meaningful. They are equally deserving of our grief."

Julia's uncle Michael Turnbull has also paid tribute and pleaded with the public to help find her attacker he has described as a 'worthless excuse for human being'.

Police presence in Aylesham remains high today while investigations continue.

The force posted on Twitter urging anyone who has concerns or information to speak to officers while they are in the community.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area on Monday and Tuesday who may have seen something unusual or suspicious.

They are urged to contact Kent Police on 0800 0514526.

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