Fears PCSO killer roamed streets for sufferer after feminine canine walker accosted by thriller van driver simply days earlier than


A TERRIFIED feminine canine walker was accosted by a person in a van only one mile from the place a tragic PCSO was murdered, locals declare. Julia James, 53, was tragically found with head accidents in Akholt Wooden in Snowdown, close […]

Fears PCSO killer roamed streets for victim after female dog walker accosted by mystery van driver just days before

A TERRIFIED feminine canine walker was accosted by a person in a van only one mile from the place a tragic PCSO was murdered, locals declare.

Julia James, 53, was tragically found with head accidents in Akholt Wooden in Snowdown, close to Dover on Tuesday – together with her loyal Jack Russell beside her.


The physique of mum Julia James was present in a distant area close to a Kent hamlet on Tuesday afternoon[/caption]

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Police are treating her demise as homicide[/caption]

The tragedy bears a chilling similarity to the brutal hammer murders simply two-and-a-half miles away in Chillenden in 1996.

Police at the moment are treating Julia’s demise as homicide with locals urged to stay vigilant because the killer stays at massive.

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They’re probing whether or not the mum, who had labored for the police for 15 years and was recommended for bravery, was the sufferer of a random assault carried out by a stranger.

Locals say two weeks in the past a girl strolling her canine was approached by a person in a white transit van in Nonington – a few mile from the homicide scene – two weeks in the past.

He was distracted and the lady managed to flee in panic and referred to as out for assist.

One feminine neighbour of Julia stated: “We’re all terrified. There’s plenty of canine walkers within the space.

“It’s horrific. We’re conscious there’s a report of one other lady having been adopted.”

Kent Police have been approached for remark.

Julia was found lifeless simply 2.5miles from the horrific Chillenden murders

Officers ramped up the investigation right now with cops seen finishing up meticulous fingertip searches in distant woodland and fields.

Police haven’t confirmed if Julia, who is believed to have labored within the home violence unit at Kent Police, was on responsibility on the time.

No arrests have been made and a autopsy might be carried out to ascertain a reason for demise.

One household pal stated Julia’s household have been contemplating her killer was a stranger.

He stated: “They’re changing into extra satisfied this was a random assault.

“No person has been arrested.

“It’s on their minds that it’s random. 

“It’s a very thriller as to why anybody would hurt her.”

Julia was married to Paul, pictured. Her son broke the information of her demise to the household

PCSOs take a look at floral tributes left for Julia right now[/caption]

The idea Julia was killed by a stranger in a random assault has left individuals residing within the Kent hamlet scared to exit alone.

Charles Woodgate, who represents Aylesham, Eythorne and Shepherdswell on Dover District Council, stated: “Individuals within the village are scared there was some loopy nutter within the woods who’s now on the unfastened.

“They concern it was a stranger who killed Julia and hopefully the police catch them shortly.”

Mary Bosson, a cousin of the PCSO’s mum, stated right now: “It’s worrying. All of us stroll our canine round that space. I’ve a pregnant granddaughter and he or she walks her two canine round there.

“She was there Monday and Tuesday, on her personal. We don’t know if it was random or what. We gained’t be doing it now till we discover out.”

Dorothy Morgan stated: “It’s so chilling. She was a very nice lady. I simply can’t consider it. We seldom stroll about, however I’ve seen extra individuals strolling round in twos. Fairly lots of people have canine right here.”

One other mum, who additionally lives close by, stated she gained’t stroll her canine on the trail the place Julia was discovered.

“I used to go most days by myself however I simply wouldn’t do this now”, she stated.

“I’m additionally having to take my daughter to highschool, whereas usually she’d take the bus. I don’t need her strolling on her personal, or ready for it on her personal, and I believe most mother and father will most likely be doing the identical factor.

“There’s clearly fairly an enormous police presence so hopefully every part might be OK, and we now have a robust group, which is sweet.”



Police perform fingertip searches[/caption]


The investigation has ramped up[/caption]


Julia’s killer remains to be on the unfastened[/caption]


Tributes left for the mum right now[/caption]

It comes as Julia’s ex Wayne Davis advised how their sobbing son Patrick, 23, revealed the heartbreaking information she had been killed to the household.

He advised The Solar: “The primary I heard of it was final night time.

“I requested my son if he knew what was taking place in Snowdown.

“He stated to start with he didn’t, however there was police in every single place. I stated I’d heard a girl has misplaced her life. 

“Then a bit later, the cellphone rang and he stated, ‘Dad, it’s Mum’. He was crying and crying.

“He was devastated. Julia was the love of my life, however we separated, as {couples} generally do.

“She was a beautiful lady. She was strolling her canine loads.

“What she did as a PCSO was not only a job – it was a lifestyle.”

And he raised the horrifying chance somebody knew the place Julia was when she started her stroll.


An aerial picture reveals a forensic tent near woodland[/caption]

Steve Finn

Her demise is being handled as homicide[/caption]

Paul Edwards / The Solar

Forensic officers hunt for clues on the native woodland[/caption]

“What I personally discover odd, is it’s occurred in the midst of nowhere,” he stated.

“It’s a thriller. The police know greater than what they’re saying – they need to catch who has completed it. 

“For one thing like that to occur, in the midst of nowhere – you don’t know whether or not it’s simply random.”

Julia’s physique was found close to Chillenden, the place mum Lin and six-year-old daughter Megan Russell have been murdered in a random hammer assault in 1996. 

Lin’s older daughter Josie, then 9, suffered horrific accidents however survived.

Michael Stone was jailed over the killings along with his earliest likelihood of launch in 2023, when he might be 63.

The Chillenden murders

Julia James' physique was present in Snowdown, Kent – simply two-and-a-half miles from Chillenden.

In 1996, Michael Stone slaughtered Dr Lin Russell, 45, and her six-year-old daughter Megan, together with the household canine.

He additionally tried to kill nine-year-old Josie Russell, who miraculously survived the horror.

The household have been tied up, blindfolded and attacked with a hammer as they walked in a rustic lane within the Kent village.

Following the horrific incident, Josie and her father Shaun moved to Dyfrryn Nantlle, Gwynedd, Wales On-line reported.

And Josie has gone on to see nice success as an artist. She obtained engaged in 2018, when she stated she hopes to be a mum.

Stone’s earliest likelihood of launch might be in 2023, when he might be 63.

Attorneys performing for him have claimed there may be “compelling proof” linking Levi Bellfield to the Russell killings.

Neighbours say Julia could have been working from house when she took the canine for a stroll after ending within the afternoon.

Native Sean Simmonds believes he’s the final particular person to have seen tragic Julia alive.

He stated: “I used to be sprucing my automobile on the driveway and I regarded up and noticed Julia strolling previous on the opposite aspect of the street with the canine.

“She was heading in direction of the woods on the again, I’d sometimes stumble upon her there once I was out strolling my two canine.

“I didn’t see her come again. Round 4pm, the police arrived and began cordoning off the realm.”

Many have paid emotional tribute to the much-loved mum, who was seen as a pillar of the group

Cops have refused to say if Julia was on responsibility when she died[/caption]


Ex Wayne Davis, 62, stated her demise recalled the horrific Chillenden murders, which occurred simply two-and-a-half miles away[/caption]

The 57-year-old paramedic added: “I may need been the final particular person to see her alive.

“It’s chilling.”

Mum-of-two Julia, who has a grandson, turned a PCSO in 2007 and was recommended for bravery three years later after chasing down a shoplifter.

After she moved to the city of Tenterden to proceed her position in 2013, she advised a neighborhood paper: “I’m a individuals particular person and love being locally.”

Devastated locals say she was a pillar of the small group of Snowdown.

One neighbour of Julia’s broke down in tears when he paid tribute.

He stated: “It’s heartbreaking – completely tragic.

“I can’t consider it. She was a loving mum and the pillar of the group.

“That is devastating. She was a beautiful lady. A terrific a part of the group.

“Her household reworked the home and improved it vastly. It was an incredible consolation having a PCSO there.

“They’re a beautiful household.”


Neighbours say they’re devastated by Julia’s demise[/caption]

Officers have been yesterday seen guarding a area alongside Aylesham Street with a number of others sealed off as they examine.

An aerial picture from the scene seems to point out a police tent arrange subsequent to floodlights in a close-by area.

There may be nonetheless a big police presence within the space right now with officers seen finishing up fingertip searches.

Assistant Chief Constable of Kent Police Tom Richards stated: “Officers are finishing up quite a lot of strains of enquiry to ascertain the circumstances and other people within the Snowdown space will see an elevated police presence consequently.

“It’s vitally necessary that anybody who was within the space on Monday and Tuesday who could have seen one thing suspicious will get in contact with us.

“We’re notably eager to talk to those that usually go to the realm who could have seen one thing misplaced and people who drove by who’ve dashcam footage.

“We might advise individuals within the space to stay vigilant till the complete circumstances of the demise are established.”

Residence Secretary Priti Patel additionally tweeted, saying: “So saddened to listen to of the demise of Kent Police PCSO Julia James. I provide my honest condolences to Julia’s buddies, household and colleagues at this terrible time.”

Officers are eager to talk to anybody within the space on Monday or Tuesday who could have seen one thing uncommon or suspicious.

Anybody with data ought to name 0800 0514526.


One pal broke down in tears as he stated: ‘It’s heartbreaking – completely tragic’[/caption]


Cops have urged anybody with data to come back ahead[/caption]