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Julia James: Murder probe police seek dashcam footage taken in Aylesham in week before PCSO's death

Detectives are appealing for dashcam footage taken in the week leading up to the death of PCSO Julia James.

The 53-year-old mum-of-two was found dead by Ackholt Wood in Snowdown, near Canterbury, just before 4pm on April 27.

Julia James
Julia James

She had suffered head injuries whilst walking her Jack Russell, Toby, near the wood.

Callum Wheeler, 21, from nearby Aylesham has been charged with Julia’s murder and is due to go on trial on November 29.

Detectives involved in the major murder investigation are now specifically seeking footage that was captured in key streets within Aylesham, between April 20 and 27.

They are keen to hear from any members of the public who have dashcam footage of Adisham Road, Dorman Avenue North, Cooting Road and Spinney Lane.

Kent Police's Assistant Chief Constable, Tom Richards said: "Whilst a man has been charged, we still have a responsibility to complete all relevant lines of enquiry and encourage people to come forward with further information, no matter how small, which could still assist in this case.

Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards. Picture: Barry Goodwin

"The reconstruction we carried out of Julia’s movements that day resulted in a number of additional calls and I now urge people to consider whether they might have travelled along any of these streets in the week leading up to Julia’s death and submit any video footage to us as soon as possible."

Detectives in this case have been assessing around 1,500 pieces of information provided by the public over the past few weeks, while officers have visited about 2,000 homes during their house-to-house enquiries in the local area.

Specialist teams have carried out extensive searches of the crime scene and surrounding rural areas, including fingertip searches of the fields near to where Julia was found.

Police say that while people living in the area will start to see fewer officers conducting door-to-door calls and the search teams are due to conclude their work, police will continue to support them.

ACC Richards added: "We are all extremely grateful to the local community who have supported Kent Police throughout this investigation.

"Not just those who have provided information to us over the past few weeks but to those who have taken the time to support our officers on the ground with offers of food and drink as well as the use of the community centre.

"Some may have found our presence and the circumstances of Julia’s death unsettling but I would like to state publicly Kent Police’s gratitude for the patience and understanding of local residents who have welcomed officers into their communities. Their support has been a great source of strength to everyone working on this enquiry.

"As this investigation progresses, and our patrols in the area start to return to normal levels, we won’t forget the support that has been provided to us and I want people to know that we are still here to support them."

Drop-in centres represented by a number of partner agencies are still available for anyone to attend to receive help and support.

Anyone who has not come forward with information and who may have something to share should call 0800 0514 526.

Motorists with dashcam footage can submit it online here.

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